One of Birmingham's leading lawyers and a champion for ethnic minority recruitment in the city has been suspended for breaching his profession's rules.
Satish Jakhu has resigned as a board member for Birmingham Professional Divercity after he was suspended for a month by the Solicitors' Regulator.
He was also fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 costs following last month's hearing which centred on claims that he employed a worker who had been struck off. Mr Jakhu, a partner at Rubric Legal in Edgbaston, will begin his suspension on January 21. He told The Post: "I received the least amount of punishment possible from the tribunal under a mandatory provision of the Solicitors' Act.
"A lot of solicitors do not know if you remunerate a struck off solicitor the tribunal has to act and can give you anything from a striking off and suspension for many years, to a suspension for a month. It was not even a temporary employee. It was a consultant. I did not know he had been struck off. I have resigned from Divercity, and this was partly the reason. I thought it was not good for the board." Mr Jakhu had sat on the high-powered Birmingham Professional Divercity board for a number of years. The organisation was set up to help more people from ethnic minorities into the professions.
A spokeswoman from the Solicitors' Regulation Authority said Mr Jakhu was dealt with at a professional hearing on December 19.
She said: "Satish Jakhu practices under his own account at Rubric Legal in Birmingham. He was alleged to have employed a struck off solicitor in breach of Section 47 of the Solicitors Act."