• Application 11656-2017

• Admitted 2003

• Hearing 26 September 2017

• Reasons 31 October 2017

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

The respondent had been convicted upon indictment of ‘acquire/use/possess criminal property’ and had thereby breached principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The respondent’s conduct had involved a serious criminal offence which had resulted in a custodial sentence. In June 2016, he had been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and had been disqualified for seven years under section 2 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

He had repeatedly used money belonging to members of the public, over a period of time, to fund his other businesses. He had taken advantage of a number of members of the public including elderly people.

The respondent had a long previously unblemished record and he had made early admissions as to his behaviour. He had shown genuine remorse and insight. It was clear that the time he had spent in prison had had a profound effect on the respondent and he had matured a great deal as a result of that. He was unlikely to repeat his conduct.

The respondent’s offence was so serious that an order striking him off the roll was appropriate and proportionate.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £3,397.