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I acted in this case and I fear its been misread by some of the comments below. This case was not about degrees of dishonesty, it was purely about exceptional circumstances and whether the circumstances justified a departure from the normal outcome of striking off in a dishonesty case.
It is worth noting exceptional circumstances cases are naturally rare. Successfully argued ones rarer still. No one reading this case should think that dishonesty is more accepted by the Tribunal - the careful, reasoned decision of the Tribunal was that exceptional circumstances arose and uniquely justified the outcome they determined.
We are fortunate to live in an enlightened age with mental health spoken about openly and constructively. The Tribunal has eloquently set out its expectations for firms in the future but that is a far wider point than the specific case itself.
My article of managing mental health for the Law Society's Managing For Success Magazine can be found here:
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