Legal aid abuse lawyer Steven Anderson struck off

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A lawyer has been banned from working in the profession over "reprehensible" abuses of the legal aid fund.

Steven Anderson, 55, who practised in Glasgow, was struck off by the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal (SSDT).

He was found to have made dozens of false claims over a seven-year period.

In one case, he claimed more than £75 for advice given to a client who wanted to sue Microsoft, Pink Floyd and Take That. The client was later detained under mental health legislation.

In a written judgement issued by the SSDT, chairman Alistair Cockburn wrote: "The tribunal held that the respondent's conduct fell well below the standard to be expected of a competent and reputable solicitor, and that it was serious and reprehensible.

"A solicitor must act with honesty, truthfulness and integrity. It is important that the public have trust in the profession.

"The persistent abuse of the Legal Aid Fund and the repeated failure to respond appropriately to his professional body could be seriously damaging to the public trust in the profession. "

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