• Application 11698-2017
  • Admitted 2007
  • Hearing 23 January 2018
  • Reasons 30 January 2018

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for the period up to and including 4 January 2019 to commence on 23 January 2018.

The respondent had been convicted of an offence contrary to section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and of racially aggravated assault by beating, contrary to section 29(1)(c) and (3) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. He was made the subject of a community service order and a restraining order, and was made subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 from 26 January 2017 for five years.

By virtue of the above convictions, he had breached principles 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The respondent had already been punished by the criminal courts. Protection of the general public was not an ongoing issue. In terms of maintaining the reputation of the profession, his conduct merited some interference with his ability to practise.

It would be appropriate to suspend the respondent until the expiry of a two-year period from the date he had ceased to practise, that is, up to and including 4 January 2019.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £2,080.