A solicitor who was sent to prison after admitting to distributing indecent images of children has been struck off the roll.
A judgment published by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal this week states that Richard Pietrowski has also been ordered to pay costs totalling £1,951.50. Pietrowski was a sole practitioner at Richard Pietrowski & Co in Guildford.
The charges, brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, were not contested as Pietrowski had already pleaded guilty in court.
Pietrowski, who appeared on the roll as Ryszard Witold John Pietrowski, was jailed for 20 months at Guildford Crown Court last year.
The 61-year-old pleaded guilty to the distribution of indecent images of a child and three charges of making indecent photographs of a child.
Last year, the SRA said it had shut down Richard Pietrowski & Co following the conviction. According to the firm’s website, it offered ‘expert advice and representation in legal matters within various disciplines’.
Pietrowski was not represented at the hearing and the tribunal considered the case as an agreed outcome.
‘In committing serious offences, and by virtue of his conviction, he had breached principle 2 and principle 6 as he had failed to act with integrity and failed to behave in a way that maintains the trust placed in him,’ the tribunal stated.
It added that the offences were serious and took place over a period of time and were such that the respondent had taken advantage of vulnerable children.
Woking firm Buglear Bate & Co helped Pietrowksi in his correspondence with the SRA and acted for him on a pro bono basis. Robin Horton, counsel for the SRA, said partner Bruce Buglear had ‘stepped in to help’ in what he said was ‘the best traditions of the profession’.