LAWYER Leong Wai Nam, who is serving a 61/2-year jail term for pocketing about $90,000 of clients' money, was struck off the rolls yesterday.

Disciplinary proceedings before the Court of Three Judges took less than five minutes as the 42-year-old was not contesting the Law Society's application for him to be disbarred.

In July last year, he was sentenced to three years and eight months' jail by a district court after he pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of cheating. Ten other charges were taken into consideration. His jail term was increased after the prosecution appealed to the High Court, arguing that a stiff sentence was needed to stem the rising trend of lawyers misappropriating clients' money.

Leong had a profit-sharing arrangement with several law firms, but the fees ended up in his bank account. Between 2005 and 2007, he represented five clients and pocketed all fees. He gave himself up to the police in 2007. But in 2008, he cheated a businessman of legal fees by misleading him into believing he would act for him when he was no longer practising.

Jailed lawyer struck off