• Application 11700-2017
  • Admitted 1974
  • Hearing 30 April 2018
  • Reasons 10 May 2018

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

The respondent had been convicted upon indictment of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and had thereby breached principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The respondent had acted under a heavy degree of provocation, which was probably related to his religion. He had been subjected, by the victim, to trying litigation which, subsequent to the incident, had resulted in an extended civil restraint order being made against his opponent.

The respondent said himself that he should not be in practice and had ceased to practise. He asked not to be struck off, but rather to be subject to a suspension.

A lesser sanction than strike-off would be inappropriate: a solicitor who had perpetrated such a violent act in the precincts of the High Court of Justice albeit in a moment of madness could not remain on the roll.

It was a sad case bringing an undignified close to the respondent’s professional career.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £4,611.