Hearing 27 June 2018
Reasons 6 August 2018
The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.
By virtue of his conviction on indictment of wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm, the respondent had breached principles 1, 2, 6 and 7 of the SRA Principles 2011.
The respondent had fabricated and/or backdated an email which had falsely represented that he had informed the other side in a litigation matter of an upcoming hearing date, in breach of principles 2, 4 and 6. He had acted dishonestly.
The respondent had exhibited that email to his witness statement (containing a statement of truth) in court proceedings so as to mislead the court, thereby breaching principles 1, 2 and 6, and failing to achieve outcome 5.1. He had acted dishonestly.
The respondent’s culpability was high in respect of the incident at a rugby match in which his son was playing, when he had headbutted another boy’s father. The victim had lost vision in his left eye, which it was likely he would not fully recover. He had also suffered financially and continued to suffer serious psychological symptoms. Harm had been caused to the children at the match, particularly to the sons who had witnessed the incident.
Harm had been caused to both the claimant and the defendants in the litigation as the court had been misled about the true position.
Even absent dishonesty, the respondent’s conduct was sufficiently serious to merit the ultimate sanction in the present case, and there were no exceptional circumstances.
The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £9,102.