• Application 11732-2017
  • Hearing 22 May 2018
  • Reasons 13 June 2018

The SDT ordered the respondent to pay a fine of £12,500.

In March 2013 the respondent had filed a notice to abandon an appeal with the Court of Appeal in respect of an appeal brought by his client Ms S when he did not have instructions to do so, in breach of principles 4, 5 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

From July 2014 to December 2015 the respondent had failed to reply to correspondence from the Criminal Appeal Office concerning the abandonment of the appeal of Ms S when it was incumbent on him to provide a response, in breach of principles 1, 4 and 6.

The completion and submission of the notice was an error, but the respondent’s failure to respond to the court until informed that he would be required to attend the hearing was not a mistake. It was unacceptable, disrespectful and a breach of his obligation to the court.

The respondent had caused harm to Ms S, in delaying her proceedings and necessitating an additional hearing. There had also been harm to the reputation of the profession.

The appropriate sanction in the matter was a financial penalty.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £3,252.