In his biography on his (now sadly superseded) Labour campaign website, Lutfur Rahman, the fundamentalist-linked councillor seeking election as an independent to the mayoralty of Tower Hamlets, describes himself as a “senior solicitor.” The biography also says: “After studying law, LLB Hons, I qualified to be a solicitor.”
However, Lutfur’s entry on the Law Society register describes him not as a senior solicitor, but as an “assistant.” It states that he is a “manager who [is] not [a] solicitor.” It is not, in fact, absolutely clear whether this does in fact mean that he is not a solicitor. It may mean that he is an assistant solicitor.
For the last two days, I’ve been trying to clear up the confusion. I’ve texted Mr Rahman three times asking him to tell me if he is indeed a solicitor, and where he obtained the LLB Hons degree he claims to have. He has refused to respond. I’ve also asked his firm, McCormacks. They, too, have refused to reply to my enquiries.
Maybe there’s nothing in it – but why, if so, are they being so coy?