An associate solicitor formerly with London firm Kingsley Napley has been struck off after four findings of dishonesty.
Duncan Ranton was removed from the profession this week after appearing on Tuesday before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
Family law specialist Ranton practised at Kingsley Napley in 2012 when he was found to have prepared and sent to his client a document which purported to be, but was not, a true copy of a consent order dated 23 April and sealed by the court four days later.
Ranton subsequently misled an opponent in litigation and misled his employers during an investigation into the client’s complaint, including making misleading statements at interview in May 2012.
The SDT found Ranton’s conduct was dishonest in relation to four allegations, and that he had failed to act in the best interests of his clients.
The SRA decided to prosecute in September 2012 and published the decision last November. The reason for the delay is unclear, but a spokeswoman for the SDT said it did not receive any proceedings from the SRA until July 2014 and could not proceed until the case had been sent to the tribunal to be certified.
According to the Find a Solicitor website, Ranton was admitted as a solicitor in September 2000.
After leaving Kingsley Napley and until conditions were put on his practising certificate, Ranton was employed as a consultant by London firm Bishop & Sewell.
As well as being struck off, he was ordered to pay costs of £2,615. He has until 21 days after the publication of the SDT’s decision to appeal.
Kingsley Napley confirmed he was dismissed in May 2012 and left the firm immediately. The firm made no further comment.