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i think that the issue is one of proportionality as someone else has pointed out on this thread. I hope the High Court comes down on the side that not every instance of dishonesty needs to result in a striking off. If the punishment was proportionate then we would not see instances of the SRA fudging the issue of dishonesty- I say this hesitantly but there are reported cases and decisions were dishonesty could have been alleged and was not. I do not believe that what Ms James did, whilst serious is as bad as stealing money from a client (which should invariably lead to a striking off) and so I think that there should be a differential (even without her ill health). Maybe it is a good thing for the High Court to rule on the issue.

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