A solicitor has been fined £5,000 by the disciplinary tribunal after refusing to provide a specimen of blood under the Road Traffic Act.

Andrew Mark Forsythe, admitted in 2007, was disqualified from driving for 13.5 months last year, after being convicted of failing to provide a specimen of blood pursuant to Section 7 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. He was also ordered to complete a drink drive rehabilitation course and received a community order with an unpaid work requirement of 80 hours to be completed within 12 months. 

Forsythe initially appealed his conviction and sentence to Leicester Crown Court. However, on the day itself, he withdrew his appeal against conviction. His disqualification from driving was subsequently reduced.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found that Forsythe had failed to comply with his duty as an officer of the court; had failed to act with integrity; and had failed to maintain the trust the public placed in him and in the provision of legal services.

In mitigation, Forsythe said he was ‘truly sorry, regretful and deeply embarrassed’ and ‘genuinely wishes that he had co-operated to provide a sample’.

The SDT ordered that he pay a fine of £5,000 and costs fixed in the sum of £1,137.