• Application 11653-2017
  • Admitted 2007
  • Hearings 10, 11 May 2018
  • Reasons 21 June 2018

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice for six months from 11 May 2018, and further that, at the end of the fixed period of suspension, she should be suspended from practice for a further period of one year from 11 November 2018, that period of suspension to be suspended for one year from the same date subject to compliance by the respondent with the terms of the following restriction order: that she provide half-yearly reports to the SRA from a consultant psychiatrist as to her mental health and fitness to practise, the first such report to be submitted by 11 November 2018 and to include details of what course of treatment the respondent had received and her current prognosis, with liberty to either party to apply. 

The respondent had created a false document, namely a letter which she had purportedly sent to her lender client, in breach of principles 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011. She had acted dishonestly.

She had provided a copy of that false document to an SRA investigation officer in order to mislead her, in breach of principles 2, 6 and 7. She had acted dishonestly.

She had misled her lender client by sending a certificate of title in which she recorded the purchase price of a property as £300,000 when she knew it was in fact £200,000, in breach of principle 4. 

The respondent had momentarily panicked in creating the false document, but her refusal to accept that it was false when challenged had continued over time. Nevertheless, her judgement had been impaired. She had not been coping mentally and had not sought medical help.

The respondent had genuine insight and genuine and deep remorse. It would be disproportionate in the particular circumstances to strike the respondent off the roll. The seriousness of the misconduct was such that public confidence demanded no lesser sanction than an immediate, fixed-term suspension.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £12,372.