• Application 11804-2018
  • Admitted 1986
  • Hearing 9 July 2018
  • Reasons 2 August 2018

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll. By virtue of his conviction in August 2017 of fraud, contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006, the respondent had breached principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011. He had submitted claims for travel expenses in connection with his official business as a senior Crown prosecutor, when he had not undertaken those journeys. 

Such conduct caused enormous harm to the reputation of the profession. The respondent, as a prosecutor, was expected even more than most solicitors to conduct himself with complete probity, integrity and trustworthiness. It was his role to prosecute criminal acts, not to indulge in them himself. 

The respondent had self-reported to the SRA and had made full admissions at the earliest opportunity. He had displayed genuine insight into his misconduct and had co-operated in full with the regulator. However, that mitigation did not lessen the seriousness of his misconduct, which meant that any sanction less than striking him from the roll would be inappropriate. He was ordered to pay costs of £1,600.