A legal watchdog has upheld complaints of professional misconduct against a pair of lawyers accused of "bullying" over the course of a file-sharing settlement campaign.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) investigated the two solicitors from Davenport Lyons - David Gore and Brian Miller, who has since left the firm - following a "speculative invoicing" campaign in which letters demanding hundreds of pounds of settlements were sent to alleged illegal file-sharers.
Davenport Lyons dropped the controversial file-sharing campaign after two years in 2009, when it was picked up by Andrew Crossley of ACS Law - who faces a similar SDT hearing in October.
After a seven-day hearing, the SDT upheld all allegations about the conduct of the two Davenport solicitors, according to a report from Computeractive, which attended the hearing.
The complaints included accusations the pair entered into banned contingency fee arrangements, and sent settlement claims to people they knew were innocent, and diminished the reputation of their profession.
The SDT will decide by next month what sanctions to apply, and the pair could be disbarred or fined.
This article originally appeared at pcpro.co.uk