• Application 11747-2017
• Admitted 1972
• Hearing 3 January 2018
• Reasons 17 January 2018
The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.
The matter was dealt with by way of the agreed outcome procedure.
The respondent had withdrawn monies from client account in the approximate minimum sum of £99,704.09 and misappropriated it for her own purpose, in breach of principles 2, 6 and 10 of the SRA Principles 2011 and rules 20.1 and 20.6 of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011. She had acted dishonestly.
She had made round sum transfers in the sum of £328,814 on account of costs from client to office account, in breach of principles 2 and 6 and rule 17.7 of the 2011 rules. She had acted dishonestly.
She had failed to maintain proper accounting systems and records to show the position with regard to the money held for each client, in breach of rules 1.2 (e) and (f) and 29.1 and 29.2 of the 2011 rules.
She had failed to carry out reconciliation statements in accordance with rule 29.12 of the 2011 rules.
She had failed to replace a shortfall on client account arising from breaches of the 2011 rules promptly or at all, in breach of rule 7.1.
The SDT was satisfied to the required standard that the respondent’s admissions had been properly made and that the allegations, including the allegation of dishonesty, had been proved to the required standard.
The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £29,200.