• Application 11644-2017

• Admitted 2006

• Hearing 28 September 2017

• Reasons 15 November 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

The respondent had created a false document, being an email that purported to be from an SRA Authorisation Officer when it was not, and had subsequently sent the email to another firm of solicitors representing it as a genuine email, in breach of overseas principles 2 and 6 of the SRA Overseas Rules 2011. The respondent had acted dishonestly.

The respondent’s motivation had been to assist AP, his wife, with completing her training contract. His conduct had been planned and he was in a position of trust as a solicitor whose firm employed AP.

The misconduct in the present case was serious. The respondent had deliberately forged an email and had he succeeded in relying on it when submitting it as genuine, he would effectively have allowed AP to bypass all the proper checks that were in place by the regulator to ensure those admitted to the roll had been admitted having followed an appropriate procedure and process. The respondent was a risk to the public as he could not be trusted.

There were no exceptional circumstances in the case and accordingly the appropriate and proportionate sanction, in order to protect the public and the reputation of the profession, was to strike the respondent’s name from the roll. The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £7,122.