A Ghanaian director of one of Britain’s biggest legal aid law firms has found himself at the wrong side of the law after a High Court judge ruled that his firm entertained an ‘endemic’ culture of dishonesty and ‘systematic fraud’ after making thousands of false claims on the legal aid fund.
According to reports, Mr. John Blavo’s firm, Blavo & Co Solicitors, was closed in 2015 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority when concerns were raised about its huge legal claims.
The firm specialised in mental health law but also practised in criminal, clinical negligence, housing, immigration and family law.
“At least 80 per cent of the firm’s £11 million annual turnover was derived from the legal aid scheme and, at its height, it was the second or third largest legal aid firm in England and Wales”, a UK media portal reported.
Prior to starting the firm, the 57-year-old worked as a sports lawyer with several Premier League footballers, including former Arsenal right back Lauren and ex West Ham full back and Black Stars’ John Paintsil.