The former chair of the Law Society’s land law and conveyancing committee, who was struck off last summer, has helped his wife set up an unregulated law firm, it has emerged.

He said that earlier last month he helped his wife Deborah, a former Granada TV journalist, set up an unregulated law firm in Stockport called Legal Heroes, to handle “low value, unregulated” matters.

“Unregulated law firms are the big growth area for consumers,” Mr Barnett said. “That’s what the LSB [Legal Services Board] thinks. It’s because of the cost of solicitors and the removal of legal aid. If you are unregulated, you can offer a cheaper service.