Legacy Hammonds' head in Brussels guilty
Hammonds, was found guilty of dishonesty after including the cost of his family vacations in billings to clients. The judgment was published recently by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, or SDT.
As a result of the judgement, Adamantopoulos has been banned from working for or even having an interest in any solicitors' practice or any other body that is recognized by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, or SRA. He has been ordered to pay the SRA £65,000.
The SDT found that Adamantopoulos made use of funds at Hammonds without authorization and even billed costs for travel and accommodation on his family vacations to clients of the firm. The case was originally brought against him in 2013 by the SRA and the SDT heard arguments in the case last year. The allegations included instances of him claiming set-up costs exceeding €12,000 for establishing a personal company and using €36,000 from the Brussels office general account to pay a portion of a capital call made against shareholders in 2009.
Before the legacy firm's 2011 merger, Adamantopoulos was a partner at the firm and managed its Brussels' office for many years. He is qualified in Belgium and Greece, but has never actually practiced as a solicitor. The SDT maintained that it had jurisdiction in the case due to his interests in the UK-headquartered firm.
Adamantopoulos had a stint at Holman Fenwick Willan after leaving Hammonds, but has since established his own legal practice, known as KA Legal.