• Application 11720-2017
  • Admitted 1997
  • Hearing 1 March 2018
  • Reasons 26 March 2018

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

The respondent had made or caused to be made transfers of at least £42,500 from the bank accounts of Sovereign Solicitors, purportedly for disbursements and to accounts in the name of a Mr Kevyn Thompson and Infinity Marketing when, in fact, the monies were being transferred to his personal accounts, in breach of rules 20.1, 20.9 and 29.1 of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 and principles 2, 6 and 8 of the SRA Principles 2011. He had acted dishonestly.

The respondent had provided false and inaccurate information in response to SRA production notices dated 31 March, 20 May and 7 November 2016, including in respect of whether he had benefited from any of the payments made by Sovereign Solicitors to Mr KT or IM, in breach of principles 2, 6 and 7. He had acted dishonestly.

Findings of dishonesty had been made in relation to both of the allegations. The case law made it clear that save in exceptional circumstances, the usual and proportionate sanction in cases of dishonesty was to strike the offending solicitor off the roll.

In the present case no exceptional circumstances had been advanced on behalf of the respondent, and nothing exceptional had been found.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £26,000.