Lynne Muscroft

  • Application 11633-2017
  • Admitted 1990
  • Hearing 6 July 2017
  • Reasons 18 July 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

The matter was dealt with by way of the agreed outcome procedure.

The respondent had misled her client JW and the solicitors acting for the defendant insurers in JW’s personal injury claim, including as to the progress and outcome of matters, and had thereby breached principles 2, 4, 5 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011. In so doing, she had acted dishonestly.

The respondent had made improper payments and withdrawals into and from client account to client JW and had thereby breached rules 6.1, 14.2, 17.1 and 20.1 of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 and principles 2, 4, 5, 6 and 10. In so doing, she had acted dishonestly.

The appropriate sanction in all the circumstances was a strike-off. The respondent had not presented, and the SDT had been unable to identify any exceptional circumstances that would enable a lesser sanction to be imposed.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £17,438, not to be enforced without leave of the SDT.