Naomi Jane Barnes

  • Application 11545-2016
  • Admitted 2012
  • Hearing 15 February 2017
  • Reasons 14 March 2017

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

By virtue of her convictions in December 2015 of acquiring criminal property, contrary to section 329(1) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and of transferring criminal property, contrary to section 327(1)(d) of the act, the respondent had acted contrary to principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The respondent had a previously unblemished record and she had cooperated with the regulator. She was also young and relatively inexperienced, having been qualified for just over four years. Those were mitigating factors. However, she had not expressed any genuine insight or remorse. It was a sad case in the light of the respondent’s young age and the early stage in her legal career.

There was a need to protect the public as well as the reputation of the legal profession and uphold professional standards. The appropriate and proportionate sanction in the present case was to strike the respondent’s name off the roll.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £2,000.