A former Manchester solicitor who acted as a drugs mule for her fugitive lover was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) last week.

Angela Brookwell, 29, who worked at Wigan firm Stephensons, was jailed for 33 months last year, after she admitted possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and harbouring an offender.

Last week, the SDT ruled she was unfit to practise law and ordered her to be struck off the roll, and to pay £1,500 in costs.

The tribunal heard Brookwell began a passionate affair with criminal Wayne Horrocks, whom she met when he was a client of her firm, after her marriage broke down.

The SDT was told that when she was arrested, in 2009, police found heroin worth £1,000 in her handbag, and text messages on her phone that indicated she had delivered drugs for Horrocks and others. The tribunal also heard that, although Brookwell told police she did not know where Horrocks was, she had set him up in a flat. Brookwell is understood to be on parole, but did not attend the SDT hearing.

A spokeswoman for Stephensons said: ‘Angela Brookwell was an employee of the firm for almost six years, and her employment ended in June 2009. Angela was a solicitor practising in family law, with a bright future. To see such a promising career cut short by her actions is disappointing and saddening for all concerned.’