Meet the Team

               Andrew Stephen Blatt, Senior Partner

Qualified as a solicitor 1985

e-mail : andrew.blatt@murdochslaw.co.uk

Ranked in Chambers and Partners & recommended by Legal 500 for his work in Professional Discipline, Andrew has been helping solicitors  for many years.

Chambers say the following about Andrew, ‘has particular expertise in managing voluntary practice closures, as part of a broad solicitor-focused practice. He earns praise from clients for his “professional, supportive and thorough” approach’ ‘specialises in assisting solicitors’ firms which are in difficulty. That is a pretty narrow but an immensely valuable expertise and skill, He is involved in voluntary practice closures and liaises closely with the SRA and defends clients in front of the SDT. The “thorough and persistent” Andrew Blatt is characterised as “an expert who knows his field very well.” He has specialist expertise in winding up law firms.’

Legal 500 say ‘Murdochs Solicitors is a small firm that punches above its weight’ in representing solicitors under investigation by the SRA. Department head Andrew Blatt ‘relates well to clients and has a very human touch’.  Andrew is a ‘true expert in the winding down of solicitors ’ firms to avoid intervention’.

Andrew is duty solicitor at The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, an Executive on the Committee of the Solicitors Assistance Scheme, a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers and founder member of the Lawyers Defence Group. His fields of practice include:

  • Solicitors’ Discipline & Regulation
  • Fraud

Some of Andrew’s cases :

  • R v HHJ Richard Gee [1997-8] (prosecution involvement)
  • R v Hussein Kaynak Tomas Honz Muslum Simsek Ali Aksu [1998] EWCA Crim 356
  • R v Bajwa and another [2007] All ER (D) 282 (Jun)
  • Family Law (High Court) – Fraud Investigation – Assets alleged to be £60 million
Publications :

Contributor to the Solicitors Handbook by Gregory Treverton-Jones QC & Andrew Hopper QC

 

         Nicholas Anthony Trevette, Partner

Qualified as a solicitor 2004

e-mail : nick.trevette@murdochslaw.co.uk

Recommended by Legal 500 for his work in Professional Discipline, Nick spent over 20 years investigating fraud and other criminal offences prior to seeking qualification as a solicitor. Nick has rapidly gained a strong reputation in Solicitors’ Discipline & Regulation. He is a panel member of the Solicitors Assistance Scheme, a member of the Lawyers Defence Group and a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers. His fields of practice include:

  • Solicitors’ Discipline & Regulation
  • Criminal Law (Privately funded)

         Robert Howard Forman, Senior Consultant

Qualified as a solicitor 1997

e-mail : robert.forman@murdochslaw.co.uk

Ranked as Star Associate in Chambers and Partners for his work in Professional Discipline and recommended by Legal 500, Robert is an experienced Professional Discipline solicitor, with particular expertise in the field of Solicitors’ Professional Discipline & Regulation.

Chambers records the following quotes about Robert’s work, ‘It is clear that tribunal members respond positively to his well thought-out and clearly presented arguments. In what was a very difficult time, it was reassuring to know that my case was being dealt with by an expert in this field.’ ‘Specialises in SDT work, defending SRA investigations and advocacy in front of the SDT. One source said he is very good, user-friendly and responsive. The advice given was commercial and very clear. I thought he was excellent. Sources note that he is very adept at getting directly to the heart of complex legal issues. Clients report that they “could not fault” Robert Forman, whom they “can’t recommend highly enough.” He is noted for his patience and dedication to his work, which is focused on the legal sector.’

Robert also has experience of training COLPs and COFAs providing advanced level MBL Seminars on Solicitors Regulation, Professional Discipline & Professional Indemnity Insurance. He was appointed by the SRA as external advisor to the SRA Compensation Arrangements Review 2012-2014 to give insight from a Defence Practitioner’s perspective.

Robert  is a member of the Lawyers Defence Group, the Solicitors Assistance Scheme and the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers. His fields of practice include:

  • Solicitors’ Professional Discipline & Regulation
  • SRA Investigations specialist
  • SDT specialist
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance Coverage Investigations

Some of Robert’s cases :

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Kadurugamuwa [2017] Administrative Court (citation pending) – Successfully defended appeal against an SDT order
  • Kiani v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2015] EWHC 1981 (Admin) (QBD (Admin)) – Successful appeal against SDT decision to strike off a solicitor
  • SDT : Regular success defending solicitors at the Tribunal accused of dishonesty, breaches of the Accounts Rules and Codes of Conduct
  • SRA : Successful appeals against refusals to admit prospective solicitors to the Roll
  • SRA : Only known successful application to SRA in history ordering leading Indemnity Insurer to indemnify an insured solicitor
  • Insurance arbitration : Enforcing a partner’s indemnity cover against leading Indemnity Insurer after partner denied cover
  • Acting for ex-president of the CIOT before the Taxation Disciplinary Board Tribunal

Publications :

Contributor to the Solicitors Handbook by Gregory Treverton-Jones QC & Andrew Hopper QC

 

         John William Murdoch, Senior Partner

Qualified as a solicitor 1978

e-mail : john.murdoch@murdochslaw.co.uk

John is an experienced commercial and litigation lawyer and has acted for many prominent organisations locally and nationally. His fields of practice include:

  • Company & Partnership Law
  • Commercial Property
  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • Directors Disqualification
  • Insolvency
  • Licensing
  • Residential Conveyancing
Murdochs Solicitors is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. SRA number 52683. The professional rules governing our lawyers can be found at rules.sra.org.uk. Copyright © 2011, Murdochs.