The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.
Giles Sandford Scott
• Application 11549-2016
• Admitted 1980
• Hearing 24 February 2017
• Reasons 28 March 2017
In his capacity as attorney for four client matters, the respondent had made improper transfers and payments between 5 October 2009 and 20 August 2014 totalling £468,712 to his personal bank account, in breach of principles 2, 4, 5, 6 and 10 of the SRA Principles 2011 and (prior to 6 October 2011) rules 1.02, 1.04, 1.05 and 1.06 of the Solicitors Code of Conduct 2007. In so doing, he had acted dishonestly.
The respondent’s level of culpability was extremely high. His motivation had been personal gain and his actions had been planned. He had acted in breach of a position of trust.
He had personally benefited from systematically defrauding elderly vulnerable clients of large amounts of money, resulting in various criminal convictions. He had acted dishonestly and the money had been used for his own personal benefit to address his financial difficulties.
The respondent had a previously long unblemished record. He had expressed insight, remorse and shame at his behaviour. He had repaid some of the funds he had taken from clients.
It was clear that the respondent was a risk to the public. He could not be trusted with client funds.
There were no exceptional circumstances in the present case. The appropriate and proportionate sanction was to strike the respondent off the roll.
The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £23,484.50.