A solicitor has agreed to pay a penalty of £1,300 to the Solicitors Regulation Authority after being convicted of drink-driving last year.
A regulatory settlement agreement states that Mustafa Hassan, admitted in 2014 and a consultant at Taylor Rose TTKW Limited, agreed to the outcome to the investigation of his conduct.
According to the agreement, Hassan hit another car in June 2019 and was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of excess alcohol. After pleading guilty in August 2019 he was disqualified from driving for two years and fined £1,000. He was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He notified the SRA in the same month.
The agreement says: ‘Mr Hassan admits, and the SRA accepts, that by virtue of his conduct and conviction for driving while under the influence of excess alcohol, he failed to behave in a way which maintains the trust and the public places in him and in the provision of legal services in breach of principle 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.’
The SRA took into account mitigation put forward by Hassan that it was an isolated incident, that he promptly reported his conviction and fully cooperated with the investigation. He apologised to the owners of the vehicle he damaged and expressed remorse.
Hassan agreed to the regulatory settlement agreement being published on the SRA’s website. He was ordered to pay investigation costs of £300.