Testimonials

If you are ever worried about anything regulatory or non-regulatory speak to Robert [Forman]. His pragmatic approach and understanding nature means he can provide practical and experienced advice when you require it most. J, Solicitor, Derbyshire (June 2017)

I cannot recommend Andrew Blatt highly enough.  I had to make a self report to the SRA.  I was six months pregnant and highly stressed by the situation. Andrew provided me with a high quality legal service that led me to receiving a positive response from the SRA within a few days of me having made my self-report.  He went above and beyond to deal with my issue speedily and to achieve a positive outcome.  Not only did he provide a fantastic legal service but he was also very empathetic and supportive. Thanks to him I am now able to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy without the weight of the SRA investigation hanging over my head.  If I or anyone I know have the misfortune of having to deal with an SRA self report or investigation I would have no hesitation recommending him to them. M, Solicitor (May 2017)

I am extremely grateful for the support and help given by Andrew Blatt during the course of an application to the SRA for eligibility to continue a period of recognised training. His expertise and experience in this area was invaluable to me and I do not feel I would have achieved the desired outcome had it not been for Andrew’s work. Andrew has excellent knowledge on the SRA rules and case law and I would strongly recommend anyone to instruct Andrew on such issues. I found Andrew down to earth, approachable and very professional throughout my case. Trainee Solicitor, The North-West (May 2017)

I am enormously grateful for the support given to me by Andrew [Blatt] over the course of the last 2 years whilst the SRA investigation and subsequent SDT proceedings have been ongoing. His experience in his field and his knowledge of the workings of the SRA and SDT has been invaluable. I would simply not have known how to navigate my way through the process and the final outcome without Andrew’s advice would definitely not have been as favourable for me. He knows the reality of day to day life in a legal practice and is not judgmental in any way if Rules have been breached, whether unwittingly or by force of circumstance. Andrew has the ear of experienced counsel too, who are on call at short notice to give informal advice if required. My firm has been faced with a variety of financial difficulties on top of the SRA investigations and he has doggedly defended us throughout. At one point in the proceedings, even though Andrew was on holiday with his family, he was on the phone 4 or 5 times a day and was always free to speak to in the evening or at weekends when my stress levels were off the scale. If you’re a solicitor faced with the prospect of disciplinary investigations, give this man a call. Solicitor, The North-West (April 2017)  

Re Robert Forman : I was a sole practitioner with a salaried partner doing mainly legal aid work. In 2015 my firm was made the subject of an investigation by the SRA and I was found to be in breach of the accounting rules in relation to the firm’s office account. This happened because of external pressures on the firm and poor support from my accountants/bookkeeper. After responding to a letter from the SRA which made a number of allegations, which I admitted, in the Summer of 2016 I was formally notified I was being referred to the SDT. This was a great shock to me as I had been in practice 36 years and never had anything like this happen before. After googling the SDT to try to find out more about the process the website for Murdochs came up as offering assistance in this area. Following a tentative enquiry an email was sent to me very promptly from Robert Forman offering to assist. I sent him all the documentation and within a week he responded with his initial view. The news was not good. I was in serious trouble – facing a hefty fine or, alternatively, suspension. The most important advice he gave to me was that I needed to take steps to close my practice as, whatever the outcome of the hearing, I was unlikely to be permitted to continue as a sole practitioner – I would be at high risk of intervention and insolvency. This was important advice as I had been in two minds as to whether I should carry on – had I done so the consequences would have been disastrous. Over the next few months Robert assisted me as to the proper steps to be taken to close down the practice in a compliant manner and also assisted me in relation to correspondence received from the SRA. At the beginning of December the charges were formulated and just before Christmas I closed my firm. I was fortunate to be offered a consultancy in another firm, despite my situation. This meant the stakes were high. I was at retirement age but very much wanted to go on working for the next few years. Were I to be suspended this would be the end of my career as I could see no way back were this to happen. On Robert’s advice, and after discussion with him, I admitted the charges, as I clearly had breached the Rules. He then prepared my statement in mitigation in careful and meticulous detail making absolutely certain that he got everything absolutely correct. He explained to me the mistakes made by my accountants and bookkeeper which I had not previously understood. Sometimes he asked me questions which I found difficult but it was necessary for him to know the answers in presenting my case. There were occasions when I became upset and he was always very sympathetic and supportive. On the day of the SDT hearing I was very stressed and nervous. Robert helped me through the process and was very supportive. He also negotiated a reduction of my costs with the SRA representative which was quite substantial. It was clear that he was well known to the Tribunal and respected by them. He made a very eloquent and persuasive speech in mitigation. In the end I was given a fine, which was at the lower end of the scale. An order was also made that I should not practise again as a sole practitioner, but this was not something I ever wanted to do again anyway. This was absolutely the best outcome I could have hoped to achieve and was an enormous relief. Anyone in my predicament needs specialist help and that was what I had from Murdochs. I can now put this behind me and work for a few years more in the field of law in which I am expert. I am certain this would not have been the case without their help. No one in this situation should think of representing themselves. R, Solicitor, London (April 2017)

I required urgent assistance from an experienced hand to deal with an EWW response to the SRA’s alleged breaches of a number of accounts rules. After approximately 12 years of practice with an exemplary record I was suddenly left in a precarious position with allegations that could put the entire practice in jeopardy. I had no experience in dealing with the SRA and therefore searched for experts within this field. I narrowed down to 2, one recommended and the other Mr. Andrew Blatt. At first I was inclined towards my recommended expert however after spending 3 hours in conference and answering a thousand questions I found his knowledge lacked real experience with no end solution. Andrew was very approachable and quick in returning calls. He was happy to travel up to my offices in Manchester and discuss matters without formal instructions. I found his experience to be a breath of fresh air. He knew exactly how the SRA operated and what I would need to do in bringing this matter to a close. The best aspect of Andrew’s approach is his ‘down to earth’ and ‘friendly’ approach. There was no 9-5 formalities and he would just get on with the job and get in touch whenever it was convenient for both even if it meant 11pm at night.  Andrew gives encouragement but with a dose of realism and is someone that can be relied on without hesitation. In the end we were successful in getting the SRA’s allegation of dishonesty reduced to a letter of advice (which is near to an exoneration with the SRA). Solicitor, Manchester (March 2017)

Whilst seeking to retire from my firm it was subject to an investigation (as a result of the activities of a third party introduced by my partner to take over my role) and subsequent closure. There was an intervention into my practice.. He successfully appealed. I did not have the financial means to do so. I was subsequently hit with a demand for substantial intervention costs. I researched online for a solicitor specialising in regulatory issues with good “reviews”. I came across Andrew Blatt. My first bit of luck in this sorry saga. He was instructed to seek a material reduction of the costs. He also made representations on my behalf in regard to allegations made in respect of my conduct. Andrew gave sound legal, and pragmatic, advice throughout and had a clear understanding of the issues involved. He reacted promptly as matters developed, and was proactive in driving the matter forward to (following a threat to refer to Judicial Review) a successful conclusion, namely a reduction in the intervention costs of some 88 per cent, and non-referral to the SDT. Andrew was easily contactable, and his attention and manner certainly raised my morale at times when I was low. I recommend him without reservation. Solicitor, London (March 2017)

I wanted to write this testimonial in recognition of the fantastic service that Andrew Blatt has provided to me during a very difficult time in my professional career. I have never previously suffered so much as a client complaint as a Solicitor until suddenly I was faced with disciplinary allegations that were extremely distressing for both myself and my family. From the moment I spoke with Andrew, he was incredibly supportive, completely understood matters and was a brilliant support. He got straight to business in working with me to address the points in issue and visited me and my family at our home several times (despite being based a considerable distance from me) to explain the process and to discuss our options. For me this really showed his dedication and personal approach to his work which really impressed and stood out to us. Andrew was very open, no nonsense and frank in our discussions and was always clear about the possible outcomes of the case whilst remaining positive and professional. He was quick to respond to queries and was always available to discuss any concerns I had throughout. He would respond to all communications no matter what time of day and promptly liaised with myself and all other parties even at weekends and whilst he was on holiday. His experience and strategic approach are second to none and I have no doubt are the reason that we were able to achieve the outcome that we did. The testimonials on this page go some way to showing just how highly regarded Andrew is in his profession and I cannot recommend him highly enough. If you ever find yourself facing an issue with the SRA, you need the right man in your corner. Make sure that you instruct Andrew. Thank you again for everything Andrew, my family and I can finally move forward with our lives and we really appreciate it. Solicitor, North West of England (November 2016)

I have been very impressed with Andrew Blatt and am extremely grateful to him for all his help.  When I initially contacted him in connection with an SRA letter, he was kind and understanding, and arranged a meeting within a few days.  Once I had met with Andrew, I immediately felt much more positive about my situation, and with his help and expertise the matter was resolved exactly as I wished, without the need for a SDT hearing.  Andrew has made a thoroughly unpleasant situation much more bearable, and I would recommend him to anyone who is unfortunate enough to find themselves dealing with the SRA.  In summary he is totally professional, but always sympathetic and approachable, and I really cannot speak highly enough of him. Solicitor, The Midlands (November 2016)

Involvement with the SRA on any level, but particularly through investigation, intervention and disciplinary proceedings,  is possibly one of the most terrifying and distressing things that a solicitor can ever be involved in. Andrew Blatt was extremely helpful and supportive from day one, and has been a constant source of encouragement and support since our first panicked telephone call to Murdochs. He has always been strategic and determined through a very complex set of proceedings. I can wholly endorse the testimonials on this page – you will need help to steer your case through unfamiliar and aggressive waters, and you will find no better advocate in Andrew Blatt to assist and guide you in that horribly lengthy journey towards resolution. L, Solicitor, North East of England (September 2016)

Most supportive, helpful, and value for money advice – Andrew [Blatt] is exactly what a solicitor needs when one is dealing with the SRA – first and foremost he treated you as innocent until proven guilty and was able to understand the problem and empathise with you as a practising solicitor; he then has the technical knowledge to be able to dissect the problem and respond to the SRA in a manner which makes them rethink; he is assertive and makes his points succinctly so as to avoid confrontation but at the same time letting the SRA know that they have a fight on their hands; he only made concessions that were necessary to pave the way for a dialogue and bring the most difficult part of the allegations against me to a swift end to the relief of myself and my partners; for the advocacy he has the right people at the right price. If I had any regulatory problems he would be my first point of call and without inviting another bill I found his fees and sympathetic approach very supportive during this trying time. R, Solicitor, London, SDT proceedings (May 2016)

Dear Andrew [Blatt], I want to spend just a small moment of time today to record a note of thanks for all your advice and support over the last 2 years. As you know, it has been a hard time for me and my family. The initial letter from the SRA was aggressive and confrontational.  It demeaned me, and commenced a period of time in my life when I lost faith in the ability of our regulator to regulate fairly and objectively. Were it not for your steadfast support and encouragement I fear that I would simply have gone under and given in.  The sub-text of the SRA’s communications were clear – I was a thoroughly unpleasant individual who deserved to play no part in the legal profession. The allegations against me were so unpleasant that I retreated into a shell of my own making. I severed social ties with a number of people, so ashamed was I at the mere fact that I had been accused of these things’ ‘You were adamant from the off that we would or should receive the file as part of the investigation (I hesitate to call it that). You persevered through the complaint made to the SRA, and then on to the independent complaints service (halted only by the referral of the case to the SDT). You had the conviction that we must persist in obtaining the files throughout, even after the February hearing. It now appears that those whose views are the most important, the final Tribunal members, agreed with you. You were steadfast in your faith that I was being unfairly treated,  and that I should fight if our offer was rejected. To see the SRA throw over £60,000 … at this prosecution would make anyone have second thoughts.  You start to wonder; what are they aware of? Surely they’d never throw that much money at a case they weren’t convinced they’d win? We know of course the answer to that……… So, once again, many thanks for all you’ve done over the last 2 years. I feel it is a victory, despite the finding against me. It is a victory for you too. Do revel in it. Solicitor, Liverpool, SDT proceedings (March 2016)

Robert [Forman] thank you personally for all the help, support and assistance you and your firm provided at such a difficult time in my career. I would have no hesitation in recommending anyone who finds themselves in a similar predicament to you. M, Solicitor, Kent, SDT proceedings (January 2016)

I can not speak highly enough of Andrew [Blatt]. He is thorough and knowledgeable in his specialist field and makes himself available to his clients. Most importantly, Andrew took the time to know and understand me as an individual, which meant he could support me and my family in the legal aspects of my case but also be empathic through a very complex and, often distressing, matter. Without his professional and personal support I can not imagine how I could have navigated my way through such a traumatic period. I hold Andrew in the highest regard as a lawyer and as a gentleman and would recommend anyone seeking representation in regulatory matters to engage him at the earliest opportunity. Solicitor, SDT proceedings (January 2016)

I highly recommend the services of Robert Forman in matters relating to investigations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and hearings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Robert is a highly skilled solicitor and an excellent advocate. It is clear that the Tribunal members respond positively to his well thought out and clearly presented arguments. He was very straight with me from the outset about the likely outcome which I appreciated. Throughout the claim, he acted diligently and efficiently in order to protect my position. 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. I cannot thank him enough for achieving an outcome that was far beyond my expectations and that has allowed me to continue in my career. D, Solicitor,  Newcastle, SDT proceedings (January 2016)

I was able to speak with Andrew [Blatt] and obtain advice from him extremely quickly. Andrew’s extensive knowledge enabled him to give me practical advice as to how to handle the situation and the likely outcomes. I would have no hesitation in using Andrew again or in recommending him to others. K, Solicitor, Rugby (November 2015)

I have read the other testimonials for Andrew Blatt on the Murdochs website and can wholeheartedly endorse the accolades for him contained there. Andrew assisted me during a very stressful and (for me) traumatic SRA prosecution before the SDT  and in doing so displayed all his great experience in this field and a real determination to fight the client’s cause – yet tempered with with an abundance of humanity and an understanding for someone in difficult circumstances .My regret is that I did not find Andrew earlier in my case. Without hesitation I recommend him to other solicitors facing disciplinary proceedings. S, Solicitor (September 2015)

It is a pleasure to say a few words about Andrew.  He is an expert in in his area of work. He is sharp, articulate and very approachable.  Dealing with the SRA at any level is mind-boggling and extremely stressful.  If you find yourself in this position, please immediately call Andrew Blatt of Murdochs Solicitors.  He is simply amazing, understanding and compassionate. He is not a 9 to 5 solicitor.  Once he is on your side he is with you at any time in need. I had to close my firm due to personal and health reasons.  The sudden nature of the closure attracted the attention of the SRA. Without Andrew I would have been lost and ignorant with my dealings with the SRA. He steered us out of the mist with great ability, knowledge, experience, expertise and highest care. We thank you Andrew for being there with us. Solicitor, Ilford (August 2015)

When my firm made allegations of professional misconduct against me and I was being investigated it was a bolt out of the blue and felt like being kicked hard in the stomach.  It was surreal, I was unable to focus on anything, the depression sapped my energy and for the first two weeks I literally could not get out of bed. I had buried my head in the sand and prayed that this nightmare would soon end.  Despite having over twenty years of legal experience I knew that for the sake of my sanity I could not represent myself and needed to distance myself from my accusators and instruct a specialist solicitor in the field of regulation but where to begin?  This wasn’t something I could discuss with colleagues or friends for recommendations. I searched online and decided to call Murdochs, it was the first call i made and from the very first conversation I had with Andrew Blatt I felt that he really understood what I was going through and I felt a great weight had been lifted. Sounds dramatic and a cliche, but that’s exactly how I felt.  Andrew analysed the evidence presented against me and dismantled it like you would knock down a pyramid of cards. He made me see things in an entirely different way and quickly devised a strategy to achieve the outcome I wanted. At a professional level Andrew is extremely experienced, he was efficient and promptly dealt with all matters arising in my case. At a personal level he always made himself available if I needed to call and let off steam, he became the friend I needed to get me through this horrible ordeal. P, Solicitor (July 2015)

Your support and guidance through a very difficult time was much appreciated and we thank you for your help. In the nicest possible way I hope our paths never have to cross again! Solicitor, London, SDT proceedings (June 2015)

I would like to express my appreciation and admiration at the determination and professionalism [Andrew Blatt has] shown in successfully concluding [the] case with the SRA. Solicitor regulation (April 2015)

Andrew [Blatt was] very supportive and efficient from the outset. His intimate knowledge of SRA practice and procedure is indisputable. Above all, his genuine empathy with clients and understanding of the emotional demands involved is invaluable. Solicitor, Kent (February 2015) SDT proceedings

Just a small note to say thank you for all your support, guidance and excellent handling of our matter. Solicitor, Ilford (February 2015) Voluntary Practice Closure to avoid SRA Intervention

I have no hesitation in recommending Robert Forman. He advised and represented me in relation to allegations that were brought against me by the SRA and heard by the Solicitor’s Disciplinary Tribunal. Had the allegations been found against me, the likelihood was that I would have been struck off the roll. Robert was throughout very approachable and responsive. He had the right balance of empathy whilst not glossing over the realities of the situation at all. His level of service was faultless and his advice was always clear and concise. His attention to posing the right questions and  taking full instructions, preparing statements and written submission was impeccable. His advocacy at all hearings including the final determinative hearing was to the point and pitched absolutely right. Needless to say, I was not struck off. If you ever find yourself on the receiving end of allegations of a disciplinary nature before the SDT, do not even think about representing yourself. Instead, get assistant from someone in the know and retain Robert M, Solicitor, Herts (January 2015)

My 2 partners walked out at very short notice, abandoning the practise and all of their clients.  I found myself in the devastating position of having to close my practise.  I made contact with Andrew Blatt who made contact with the SRA on my behalf and I have thus far managed to avoid an intervention and the wind down of the practise continues. It is difficult to describe the devastation I felt but Andrew was truly amazing.  He is very clearly dedicated and committed to helping people, he is very approachable and understanding and honestly cares.  I have no idea what I would have done without Andrew’s help and if anyone were to find themselves in the unfortunate position I did I would very highly recommend him. Thank you Andrew for all of your help, it will always be very much appreciated and as a solicitor in an impossible position, I consider myself very lucky that I found you. T, Solicitor (January 2015) 

Nick Trevette gave me first class advice on what was a very complicated disciplinary case. The facts were virtually unique but he was able to wade through the issues and determine which ones were more important than the others. I would recommend Nick to other professionals facing any disciplinary  charge as he has the experience, the understanding and the kudos to represent your case as best as possible. Surveyor (December 2014)

There is nothing more frightening for any solicitor, whether he has done what he is accused of or not, than to attract the unwanted attentions of the SRA. It is little comfort to know you are innocent, because they just won’t let matters drop even in the face of explanation but seem, when challenged,  to be the more determined to harvest you as a pelt. Nick Trevette of Murdochs has been brilliant. He has been objective, considerate and right.  Moreover he is extremely approachable and vastly experienced, the complete antithesis of the well-known sobriquet ‘the solicitor who acts for himself has a fool for a client.’ The last thing any solicitor (or barrister) should do when faced with an inquisition is represent himself. You need an expert;  fortunately, I have found one in Nick. MN, Solicitor (December 2014)

Andrew Blatt gives clear, calm and reasoned advice. He provided me with informed guidance getting to the nub of the problem in a heartbeat, I would recommend him in an instant. His eye to strategy and the long game are exemplary. RS, Solicitor, Hampshire referred by Law Care (October 2014)

I am pleased to write a reference on behalf of Robert Forman of Murdochs Solicitors.  I have been a client of Robert’s over the last few years and I would have no hesitation in recommending him.  If I needed to use a solicitor again Robert would always be my first choice. Robert is highly intelligent and professional and was very adept at getting directly to the heart of complex legal issues and arguments that had been long running.  He was therefore able to assimilate and reduce the most complicated and extensive material into manageable and understandable advice.  As a result of getting directly to the route of a problem quickly and efficiently he was then able to then find a resolution speedily. The service Robert offers is excellent and nothing is ever too much trouble for him.  He is always contactable and responds immediately answering all queries with clarity and goes above and beyond for his client.    He works tirelessly and achieves a great deal for you and surpasses all expectations of good service; I have never known better. Robert’s knowledge and expertise in his area of practice is obvious to all and he is clearly held in high regard by all the professionals dealing with him.  I therefore had the utmost faith and confidence in his advice given to me thereby making my choices and decisions easy. He is clearly abreast of all the latest legal research and developments and puts them to good use in practice.  Both his negotiation and advocacy skills are excellent. However, it is not just Robert’s excellent professional competence that is impressive but his ability to take on your worries and concerns as his own to relieve you of them; you really do feel that you have someone on your side and fighting in your corner for you. His empathy, understanding and kindness took a lot of the stress out of the proceedings as you really felt you could pass those worries over to Robert to handle. When I was at my very lowest and barely able to function I knew that Robert had taken on all the responsibility of my case and was doing everything possible for me.  I cannot express how much this lessened my own burdens and I will always be grateful for this. I felt completely reassured that the best outcome possible in the circumstances would be achieved and it was. At a very difficult time in my life I am glad it was Robert who was my solicitor to get me through it as painlessly and stress free as possible.  He was a constant source of great support and I was extremely confident and pleased in his abilities and competence. I would therefore urge anyone else having similar difficulties to use Robert and I am sure they will also be impressed and glad that they did.  It will be the best choice they have ever made. M, Solicitor, Essex (June 2014)

Without the assistance, first of Andrew and then of Robert I would not have been able to deal with the SRA and the disciplinary proceedings which I faced. They were always more than happy to deal with my questions and they dealt with a very difficult situation with compassion and understanding. Robert explained to me what would happen at the hearing and what was expected of me. His advice was first class and his preparation and his attention to detail was exemplary. In the hearing itself he was simply brilliant, he got all of his points across and the outcome was far more favourable than I had dared to hope. If I knew anyone who found themselves in the truly horrendous situation that I did, I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Robert or Andrew and I cannot thank them enough. T, Solicitor, Lancashire (May 2014)

Going through the intervention process would have been a minefield had I not had Andrew [Blatt] guiding me through. Patient and a very calming influence, Andrew dealt with the matter and myself professionally at all times whilst still being very approachable. It helped also that he has many years of experience in this area of law, allowing him to successfully address matters with the correct individuals at the SRA and securing responses quickly. Solicitor from North East England (February 2014)

This is one of those situations where there simply are not words to express my gratitude. I am so thankful to have found The Lawyers Defence Group, who put me in touch with Andrew Blatt at a time when it seemed I was going to lose my battle with the SRA.  I found him friendly, approachable and understanding, and even just our initial conversation removed a huge burden of stress and worry.  After choosing to leave the profession 5 years ago, Andrew has restored my faith in the profession – A truly moral, genuine and kind-hearted individual with an outstanding knowledge of the regulatory process.  I had spent literally years attempting, and failing, to negotiate SRA fees.  Andrew kindly agreed to take my case, initially on a pro bono basis, and within days of his involvement the SRA agreed to my terms and I can now, finally, put this matter behind me.  I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Andrew Blatt to help with any regulatory struggles.  My biggest regret is that I did not find him sooner. JM Solicitor turned Foster Carer (September 2013)

Robert Forman did an excellent job in assisting me with my application to the SRA for student enrolment.  I initially began my application without the benefit of legal advice, following the disclosure of a drink drive conviction, and the outcome of my case was not looking great.  Robert turned this around and was very conscientious in his work and easy to communicate with.  I was successfully accepted for student enrolment by the SRA and I start my LPC in September.  I would not hesitate in recommending Robert Forman to anyone in a similar situation. MR, West Yorkshire (July 2013)

Andrew, thank you very much for meeting with me for lunch this afternoon and for all of your help and support.  You’re a true and proper gentlemen and all about what a proper solicitor should be.  Thanks for everything. Solicitor, Tamworth (July 2013)

I just want to say thank you for your help so far. I do not know what I would have done without your help. Thank you for keeping me sane and on the rails . Thank you for all the effort you have put in even where it looked like there was  nothing to fight for. Thank you for  putting my case to the SRA  on my behalf and conveying accurately the  reassurance that I want to rectify the shortfall  so that I do not bring disrepute to the profession and mostly to myself and my family. Thank you. Solicitor, Essex (April 2013)

Andrew Blatt of Murdochs proved to be an inspired practitioner in helping with the closure of a failing practice, adept at navigating the nuances of the Rules, and procedures and requirements of the SRA. His expertise undoubtedly allowed an orderly closure in difficult circumstances, obtaining all necessary waivers and consents, and thereby avoiding a potential and costly intervention. On a human level, he was entirely professional whilst understanding the severe personal stress the partners were under. A first class outcome. MC, Hertfordshire (March 2013)

Mr Blatt has been representing me in relation to SRA disciplinary matters which he has handled in a thorough and professional way and given not only a first rate service but also given me a great deal of moral support over and above what one would normally expect during this difficult period in my life. I would not hesitate in recommending him to other lawyers who find themselves in professionally difficult circumstances. I am happy to discuss any aspects of his work in further detail if required. Yours faithfully RC, Hampshire (February 2013)

An investigation by ones professional body is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. In most cases an entire life’s work and indeed identity are at stake. Andrew Blatt is calm relaxed and warm yet underneath his kind exterior he is ruthless and is willing to tirelessly defend the clients corner. He is astute, knowledgeable and well able to negotiate the minefield of legislation. He is able to quickly assimilate and deal with new information and use it to the advantage of his client. He is available almost 24/7 which becomes extremely important when ones witnesses are fellow professionals. I witnessed Andrew exercising his skill and expertise whilst defending some one close to me, I am therefore in an almost a unique position, in that as a solicitor I am able to offer an outsider’s view of  Andrew Blatt’s skill and competence. If ever I were unlucky enough to need such help I wouldn’t hesitate to instruct Mr Blatt he is a formidable opponent and definitely a man to have on your side. AF & JC, South London (December 2012)

Andrew Blatt of Murdochs proved to be a model of calm efficiency in a time of professional crisis and great personal worry. His advice and judgment was outstanding. He understood exactly what was necessary, setting out all options and recommending appropriate, and very successful, courses of action. He is the first person I would turn to for help. MC, Solicitor, Herts (November 2012)

Having a legal problem is often stressful and frightening, even when you are a lawyer yourself.  When the consequence of that legal problem is the potential loss of your livelihood, the fear and stress is enormous.  Andrew Blatt of Murdochs Solicitors fought tirelessly to ensure that I was dealt with fairly by the SRA and that above all else I did not lose my practicing certificate.  I simply could not have got through the process without his expertise, dedication and commitment.  I would recommend Andrew and his firm whole heartedly and without hesitation.  Z, Solicitor, Kent (November 2012)

Andrew Blatt represented me in disciplinary matters between September 2008 and October 2011. I found him to be one of the most professional, and hard working solicitors I have ever had the privilege to know. Mr. Blatt’s attention to detail, and his knowledge of the Regulatory Regime is second to none. However, one of Mr. Blatt’s other strengths is the personal nature with which he deals with your case. He understands the stresses and strains that facing disciplinary matters can have on a solicitor and the effects this has on a person. This approach to a case engenders a trust between Mr. Blatt and his client that brings about detailed instructions, and solutions to problems. It allows him to go the extra mile for a client. The respect and experience that Mr. Blatt has earned from the Regulatory Authority allows him to negotiate on the client’s behalf in a way only I believe he can. Mr. Blatt instructs only the most knowledgeable barristers, and QC’s, on behalf of a client, and it is clear from the respect that these lawyers show him that he is a highly regarded solicitor in this area of law. My experience of being a client of Mr. Blatt was that he acted both as my lawyer and as my guide through what was a very difficult period of my life as it is for any solicitor facing disciplinary proceedings. He brought clarity and discipline to a very difficult situation. I would highly recommend any solicitor facing disciplinary proceedings to instruct Mr. Blatt, and his firm. MC, Solicitor, London (November 2012)

I cannot thank Murdochs enough for their guidance through a deeply worrying period for me. I faced SDT proceedings with sleepless nights worrying about losing my practising certificate, livelihood and having to tell my family about such news. Murdochs sympathetic yet strong guidance and knowledge of how to deal with the SRA on the regulatory issues was excellent and resulted in the disciplinary proceedings being withdrawn.- all thanks to the case handler’s (Robert Forman’s) expertise. Thank you Murdochs. G, Solicitor, Essex (May 2012)

I found the most suitable person for the job! I am completely satisfied by his work he has performed for me. Obviously I will recommend him to anybody who is in the same situation. Mr Forman is a very pleasant person with a great sense of understanding towards his clients and their problems. He is dedicated, hard working and prompt towards his professional commitments and client care. He is an honest person, who provides the most reliable and best advice to his clients. I have unshakeable faith upon him with regard to his professional commitments. Q, Solicitor, London (March 2012)

Dear Robert, I have been meaning for some time to put pen to paper to express my thanks for everything you did. 12 months ago I would have never expected to have needed your assistance however on one gloomy morning in February I found myself in a desperate position. I don’t really know how I found you, from what I can remember after realising the position that we were in, I started to madly search the internet. Your firm came up and there was reference there to crime, I thought therefore that your firm might better understand our position. Although our encounter seems quite random, I believe that it was a matter of divine providence that I came across your services and indeed you were a God send. After your initial incredulity and astonishment of our position, your support and professionalism throughout the entire time was beyond compare. From the outset you worked tirelessly in order to see this sad affair to a miraculous ending. You were prepared from the start to work outside the bounds of the normal 9 to 5 solicitor; becoming not only legal counsel but also at times personal counsellor. Your advice at all times was apposite and truthful, your fees reasonable; I could have asked for no better. Now when I now consider the standard of the service that I provide I find myself comparing my services to yours. I look forward to the day when I may express my heartfelt gratitude to you in person. Yours truly. M, Solicitor, Reading (November 2011)

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