Andrew Crossley, the solicitor behind law firm ACS:Law, admitted six charges against him at a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing. Crossley has been suspended for two years and ordered to pay £76,000 in costs.
The firm caused a storm when it sent tens of thousands of letters on behalf of clients demanding £500 ‘settlement’ payments from people it accused of illicitly downloading music and pornography. Instead of targeting students, the firm made the mistake of sending letters to people who had the time and inclination to complain!
ACS:Law was criticised by a patents county court judge for bringing "the legal profession into disrepute"
The firm’s activities were made public in 2010 after the website was hacked and private information was leaked – the firm was shut down shortly after.