Justice Secretary, Alex Chalk has strongly criticized certain law firms for what he deems an “apparent abuse of the system” in a scathing letter addressed to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Chalk has called on the regulatory body to employ the full extent of sanctions when breaches are uncovered and has demanded that rogue solicitors be dealt with firmly.
This stern response comes in the wake of an undercover investigation that exposed lawyers charging exorbitant fees to submit intentionally false asylum claims on behalf of illegal immigrants.
Shockingly, one firm even demanded a staggering £10,000 to fabricate a tragic backstory in support of an asylum application.
Reacting to the investigation’s findings, Rishi Sunak expressed his anger via a tweet, stating, “This is the challenge we face. The Labour Party, a faction of lawyers, and criminal gangs are all aligned, sustaining a system of exploitation that profits from the illicit entry of individuals into the UK.”
Chalk emphasized that while most lawyers uphold their professional integrity, those who have abused their positions must face the consequences.
Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick echoed this sentiment, expressing his trust in the regulator’s ability to take decisive action against lawyers found to be exploiting their positions.
Jenrick urged the regulator to send a clear message to others that such disgraceful practices must cease.
A spokesperson for the regulatory body confirmed that they are currently investigating the implicated firms and individuals. They affirmed their commitment to taking urgent action to safeguard the public.
The spokesperson further stated that if the evidence demonstrates that solicitors or regulated firms have acted in violation of their duties to act lawfully and uphold the law, the regulator will not hesitate to take appropriate measures.