• Application 11584-2016

• Admitted 1986

• Hearing 17 January 2017

• Reasons 30 January 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll. It further ordered that a letter from Murdochs Solicitors to the applicant dated 11 May 2016 should not be disclosed to any third party, save if disclosure were ordered by the SDT, or was required to comply with a court order made in any other proceedings.

By virtue of his conviction on 25 February 2016 for offences of possession of extreme pornographic images, making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of a child (six counts) and of distributing indecent photographs of children, the respondent had breached principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The matter had been dealt with by way of a statement of agreed facts and indicated outcome.

The respondent accepted that the level of culpability and harm from his misconduct were high, with harm to both society and to the reputation of the profession.

There were several aggravating factors, including that the respondent’s conduct involved the commission of serious criminal offences; the breaches of the law had taken place over 14 months and involved photographs of vulnerable people (ie children); and it was misconduct that he knew or ought reasonably to have known was in material breach of obligations to protect the public and the reputation of the legal profession.

In all the circumstances, the proportionate and appropriate sanction was that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £1,488.