• Application 11758-2017
  • Admitted 1986
  • Hearing 20 February 2018
  • Reasons 22 February 2018

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

On 1 November 2016 the respondent was convicted upon indictment of three counts of dishonestly making a false representation to make gain for self/another or cause loss to other/expose other to risk; and of conceal/disguise/convert/transfer/removed criminal property. He had thereby acted in breach of principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The respondent had been a willing participant in the commission of criminal offences which had involved defrauding members of the public out of large amounts of money. The trial judge had observed that his participation in the fraudulent schemes had ‘left people suffering from stress-related illnesses, anxiety, clinical depression, feeling suicidal, having to change their lifestyles, worrying about their houses and some selling their homes’.

Further, the matter had been reported locally, nationally and internationally. Headlines such as ‘Another lawyer helps fraudsters by giving credibility to their scam’ had undoubtedly harmed the reputation of the profession.

The respondent should be removed from practice immediately; any lesser sanction would be inappropriate and would not reflect the seriousness of his misconduct. While dishonesty had not been alleged, the respondent had been convicted of offences involving dishonesty.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £2,439.