• Application 11763-2017
  • Admitted 2001
  • Hearing 9 May 2018
  • Reasons 29 June 2018

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll. The respondent had been convicted of two counts of ‘dishonestly making false representation to make gain for self/another or cause loss to other/expose other to risk’ and had thereby breached principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The respondent had acted dishonestly on 40 occasions over three months with two particular firms of solicitors, causing losses of £4,103.25. The money had been used to fund his cocaine addiction. That had resulted in a criminal conviction involving dishonesty.

The respondent had shown insight and had admitted his behaviour immediately when confronted, but there was no information as to how he had addressed his underlying cocaine issues.

As a result of that, there was a risk that the respondent’s conduct could be repeated and he therefore continued to present a potential risk to the public and the profession.

The appropriate sanction, which was necessary not only to protect the public and the reputation of the profession, but also to maintain public confidence in the profession, was to remove the respondent from the profession.

He was ordered to pay costs of £1,000.