The Solicitors Regulation Authority has acted to ban two more non-solicitors in separate cases after finding each had acted dishonestly in their respective firms.
Mark Wilson, an office supervisor with south-east firm Blake Morgan, and Sa’ad Razouk, finance manager with Cardiff firm Robertsons Legal Limited, were each made subject to section 43 orders preventing them from working for an SRA-authorised entity.
Wilson worked at Blake Morgan’s Oxford office from September 2016 to April 2018, when he was summarily dismissed for gross misconduct. During his employment, he falsified three overtime claims forms, one for himself and two for fellow colleagues.
He was found to have breached one SRA principle, given a written rebuke and ordered to pay £600 costs.
In a separate employee-related decision, Razouk was found to have regularly and repeatedly made unauthorised overpayments of salary, coming to almost £75,000, to himself. He had been with Robertsons for almost 14 years before he left in 2017.
Razouk was also given a written rebuke and ordered to pay £600 costs.
Neither Razouk nor Wilson were employed by law firms at the time of the SRA prosecutions.
The section 43 order prevents them being involved with any firm regulated by the SRA, unless the regulator has granted them permission.
The SRA has reported three section 43 order notices this week – the third concerning a firm’s former associate banned after logging false calls on the case management system to increase her time recording.