A personal injury solicitor who admitting making a string of fraudulent claims has agreed to remove himself from the roll.
Timothy Latter, formerly of Manchester firm Leech & Co Solicitors, pleaded guilty last year to 11 counts of fraud worth a total of £36,000.
Latter, who was admitted in 2007, had sent a claim notification to an unnamed insurance company in April 2010 after a road traffic collision.
More than a year later, a letter of claim was received from a woman purporting to be a passenger in one of the cars involved.
Following an investigation by the insurance firm’s solicitors, it was found there was no such passenger in the car. It was established that the supposed passenger was in fact related to Latter but she was not aware of the claim.
In an interview under caution, Latter admitted to making the fraudulent claim, as well as five or six other claims made in the same manner.
In a subsequent interview, he admitted to six further suspected fraudulent claims and also admitted to altering medical reports and signing these in the names of a doctor or consultant.
Having pleaded guilty to 11 counts of fraud in August, on 28 November, at the Central Criminal Court, Latter was sentenced to two years imprisonment on each count to run concurrently, suspended for 18 months.
An SRA notice published today said Latter admitted to dishonest conduct and to acting contract to three principles.
In mitigation, he said he was suffering from alcohol dependency syndrome and depression as a result of a challenging home life, pressure at work and financial difficulties.
He accepted, through his solicitors, that he is no longer fit to practice as a solicitor and has no intention to pursue a career in legal services.
It was accepted that a referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal would result in him being struck off, and the SRA agreed to him voluntarily removing himself from the roll in light of his health issues.