Client says solicitor tricked him into handing over life savings
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.”
FURIOUS Adam says he borrowed cash to pay Garrett after running out of money Pic Phil Dye