Navin Kumar Aggarwal (“the Respondent”)
Rule 2(a), (c) and (d) of the Solicitors’ Practice Rules
4 October 2014
Findings and Order:
20 November 2014
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found the following complaint against the Respondent proved:
Breaches of Rule 2(a), (c) and (d) of the Solicitors’ Practice Rules in that the Respondent, formerly a partner of Messrs. K&L Gates, was convicted of two counts of fraud, contrary to s. 16A of the Theft Ordinance (Cap. 210) and one count of dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of an indictable offence, contrary to ss. 25(1) and (3) of the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 455) in High Court Criminal Case No. 57 of 2013 and was sentenced to a total of twelve (12) years’ imprisonment, as the conduct in committing these offences was unbefitting of a solicitor.
The Tribunal ordered that:
(1) The name of the Respondent be struck off the Roll of Solicitors.
(2) The costs of these proceedings, including the costs of the Clerk to the Tribunal and the costs of the Law Society of Hong Kong in the investigation, be borne and paid by the Respondent on a party and party basis, to be taxed if not agreed.
Miss Cynthia Yen, In-House Prosecutor, for the Applicant
The Respondent in person, being absent
Mr. Iu Ting Kwok, Clerk to the Tribunal
Mr. Lam Wing Wo, Chairman
Mr. Albert Bux
Professor Albert Lee