A solicitor with an unblemished record stretching back to 1971 has been struck off for dishonesty offences including misleading the High Court. 

Marie-Garrard Newton, a former salaried partner at London firm Child & Child, admitted giving untrue oral evidence at the trial of a High Court action. Her case came before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in September. As well as admitting misleading the court, Newton admitted failing to properly identify her client, making an untrue statement to her client’s agent and allowing £500,000 to pass through the Child & Child client account for no proper reason. 

In mitigation, Hal Branch of LSG Solicitors said Newton had enjoyed a ‘wholly unblemished record’ since she was admitted to the roll in 1971. Newton was struck off and ordered to pay £30,000 costs.