Mohammed Ayub, a senior lawyer at Chambers Solicitors, of Bradford, has been handed a prison sentence at Newcastle Crown Court of three and a half years for conspiracy to defraud £160,873 legal aid. The law firm came to prominence when it demanded £5,000 each for legal costs from tweeters who had suggested George Galloway, then an MP, was antisemitic. Ayub's brother Mohammed Riaz and solicitor Neil Frew were also convicted of conspiracy to defraud at a trial in 2016.
Times, 10 June 2017, 38
Subject: Legal Profession, Criminal law
Keywords: Conspiracy to defraud; Fraud; Imprisonment; Law firms; Legal aid; Solicitors
Companies referred: Chambers Solicitors; Twitter