A solicitor found guilty of distributing indecent images of children online has been told he can continue to work but must have any future role approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Tax specialist Stephen Coleclough has also been told he can work only as an employee and must inform any prospective employer of the reasons for the restrictions.

In a decision published on 2 September, the SRA said the conditions placed on Coleclough were in the public interest, and reasonable and proportionate.

In April this year Coleclough was sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years, at Northampton Crown Court. Police found hundreds of indecent images of children after seizing his computer and a series of memory sticks in a raid carried out in March last year.

Coleclough admitted owning more than 100 indecent images, some of which were in the most serious category, and to possessing 29 'extreme pornographic images', including one related to bestiality.

According to local news website the Northampton Chronicle & Echo, Coleclough was a former president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

His LinkedIn profile states that he previously worked for law firms Simmons & Simmons and Mishcon de Reya.