A solicitor who was struck off for breaching multiple account rules has been restored to the roll, despite objections from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
John Parker Swindell, admitted in 1994, had been barred from practising in 2013 for breaching Solicitors Accounts Rules. Most of the breaches related to conveyancing transactions, and Swindell was ordered to pay costs of £22,000.
Swindell applied for restoration to the roll and the tribunal heard his case last month. According to the tribunal’s judgment, the SRA posed numerous objections to Swindell’s re-admisson, claiming ‘anyone having full knowledge of the facts of this case would not consider the applicant to be a fit person to be restored to the roll’.
The SRA pointed out that the applicant had not worked in a regulated environment since the strike off and cited the original judgment, which found Swindell’s misconduct to have been ‘deliberate calculated and repeated’.
However, the tribunal found that Swindell had ‘done all he could to restore his reputation’ and found him to be ‘a genuine and credible witness’. It added the fact that dishonesty had not been alleged against him was a ‘significant factor’.
Swindell’s counsel said his client had shown ‘real evidence of his rehabilitation’ and stressed that findings against him did not involve dishonesty.
The tribunal ordered that Swindell be restored to the roll under ‘stringent’ conditions, including that he should never be a sole practitioner, a signatory to a client account, or a compliance officer.
Swindell was ordered to pay costs of £3,000.