Client says so­lic­i­tor tricked him into hand­ing over life sav­ings

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - So­lic­i­tor Garrett

Gar r e tt wa s b a n ne d f r om ev­ery law court in Scot­land last year.

The Law So­ci­ety of Scot­land re­ceived com­plaints he was rep­re­sent­ing clients in crim­i­nal tri­als even though his cer t i f icate to practise had ex­pired.

Ev­ery sher­iff, procu­ra­tor fis­cal and court­cou of­fi­cial in Scot­land was told not to al­low Garrett to ap­pear.

Adam says Garrett, of Fin­nieston, Glas­gowGlas­gow, met him at his home, work­pla­work­place or ser­vice sta­tions to get the cash be­tween De­cem­ber 2016 and the eend of 2017 – and never gave him re­cere­ceipts.

He wawas first asked for £ 4000 ffor le­gal costs, fol­lowe­fol­lowed by £ 22,000 worth oof pay­ments.

Adam says Garrett claimed they had won their ca­case at Glas­gow Sher­iff CourtC but would need mo­more funds as his ex was ap­peal­ing. The money wwas to pay for a QC and le­gal ex­penses.

Adam cla ims he handed over a fur­ther £26,000 be­fore run­ning out of­mof­money.

But wh­when Garrett asked for more cash, he bor­rowed an­other £26,000 from fam­fam­ily and friends. He sa­said the lawyer con­vinced him tot con­tinue pur­su­ing his form­former girl­friend be­cause she wouwould have to pay his le­gal cost­costs when they won.

AA­dam says Garrett then told him his ex’s ap­peal had failed and she was to re­im­burse his £ 79,000 and pay the £12,000 she al­legedly owed.

It is claimed Garrett col­lected a fi­nal £ 4000 to cover fur­ther le­gal costs, which Adam also bor­rowed.

Adam was in­formed by a clerk at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court there was no record of the case at any court in Scot­land when he called for an up­date in April.

Pol ice launched a fraud probe weeks later.

Adam has g iven de­tec­tives his phone, which has a record of calls and texts be­tween him and Garrett.

He has also given them de­tails of peo­ple who loaned him money and met the lawyer. Garrett, 45, was made bank­rupt in Au­gust 2016 over a £30,000 debt. In Oc­to­ber, he was f ined £ 1000 for rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple af­ter his cer­tifi­cate had ex­pired.

He re­fused to com­ment on Adam’s claims when we con­tacted him.

Po­lice Scot­land said: “We have re­ceived a com­plaint of fraud and in­quiries are on­go­ing.”

BANK­RUPT

FU­RI­OUS Adam says he bor­rowed cash to pay Garrett af­ter run­ning out of money Pic Phil Dye

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