A trainee solicitor has been barred from the profession for falsely claiming to the Solicitors Regulation Authority that he had passed the Legal Practice Course.

Kulvinder Kooner had been employed at Surrey firm Preuveneers LLP when he sent an application in May 2019 to be admitted to the roll and for a practising certificate for the 2018/19 year.

On receiving the application, the SRA phoned Kooner to request a copy of the certificate showing he had completed and passed the LPC. Kooner then sent the SRA a copy of an LPC certificate: in fact he had never passed the course and had falsified the document.

When the regulator asked him to provide a clearer copy of the certificate, Kooner failed to respond, before emailing to withdraw his application stating he no longer wanted to pursue a career as a solicitor. On the same day as that email was sent, the firm reported the matter to the SRA.

Kooner admitted acting dishonestly and accepted that his conduct meant it was undesirable for him to be involved in legal practice. He apologised and expressed remorse to the SRA.

He was made subject to a section 43 order, preventing him from working for any regulated firm without SRA permission. He will also pay £300 investigation costs.