• Application 11517-2016

• Admitted 2008

• Hearing 8 November 2016

• Reasons 23 November 2016

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

By virtue of her conviction on seven counts of conspiracy to obtain a money transfer by deception, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977, the respondent had failed to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice, contrary to rule 1.01 of the Solicitors Code of Conduct 2007; failed to act with integrity, contrary to rule 1.02 of the code; and behaved in a way that was likely to diminish the trust the public placed in her or the legal profession, contrary to rule 1.06 of the code.

Dishonesty was not expressly pleaded in the allegation and the SDT was therefore not prepared to deal with the matter on the basis of an allegation of dishonesty. However, it was satisfied to the required standard on the evidence of the certificate of conviction dated 19 February 2016 that the respondent had been convicted of a serious criminal offence, and found the allegation proved to the required standard on the evidence.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £2,500.