Stefano Enrico Mario Lucatello

  • Application 11621-2017
  • Admitted 1988
  • Hearing 23 May 2017
  • Reasons 26 May 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £5,000.

Between 23 July 2014 and 15 July 2015, the respondent had failed to display proper professional respect and courtesy to Ms VG, a litigant in person, when corresponding with her upon behalf of his client Mr AV. He had thereby breached principles 4, 5 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The respondent’s correspondence was completely unacceptable. He had been corresponding with a litigant in person and it had been his responsibility to maintain his professionalism regardless of what that person might have done.

His conduct was unprofessional and had continued for a period of over a year. The respondent had had a long and previously unblemished career.

In the circumstances, it was reasonable to make an order on the basis of the statement of agreed facts and proposed penalty submitted by the parties, namely a fine in the sum of £5,000.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £2,500.