Claire Margaret Wheeler

  • Application 11607-2017
  • Admitted 2010
  • Hearing 31 July, 1 August 2017
  • Reasons 9 August 2017

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

In the matter of Ms S, the respondent had dishonestly fabricated and/or backdated eight documents in breach of principles 2, 4 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The respondent had on nine client matters dishonestly fabricated and/or backdated documents in breach of principles 2, 4 and 6 and rules 1.02, 1.04 and 1.06 of the Solicitors Code of Conduct 2007.

Dishonesty had been alleged and proved. The misconduct was deliberate, calculated and repeated. It had continued over a period of time. Clients involved in family matters were potentially vulnerable, and while the respondent had not taken advantage of a vulnerable person she did not do what she should have done. The respondent had concealed her wrong-doing and there had been a detrimental impact on the firm and some clients. Those were all aggravating factors. There were no mitigating factors.

Strike-off was the appropriate sanction absent any exceptional circumstances, and there was no evidence as to such circumstances.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £32,373.