A solicitor who pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children has been struck off the roll.
Norwich-based Edward Proffitt told the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of his actions.
Proffitt, who was admitted in 1997 but did not hold a practising certificate, admitted two counts of making indecent photographs of children between October 2010 and January 2012.
He received a three-year suspension order in September last year at Cambridge Crown Court where he was also given three years supervision and ordered to take an alcohol and sex offenders treatment programme.
According to the tribunal, 44-year-old Proffitt, who appeared in person, said it was the ‘proudest day of his life’ when he became a solicitor and that it meant a great deal to him to be losing his career. He offered no excuse for his actions, which he accepted was wrong and totally unacceptable.
Proffitt also failed to notify the Solicitors Regulation Authority of his conviction and the regulator only became aware after reading a press article about the case following his conviction.
The tribunal judgment said: ‘The tribunal is satisfied that the respondent failed to uphold the rule of law and proper administration of justice. Engaging in criminal conduct indicated he lacked soundness, rectitude and steady adherence to an ethical code.’
Proffitt was also ordered to pay costs of £1,524.06.