• Application 11481-2016

• Hearing 2 February 2017

• Reasons 10 February 2017

As from 2 February 2017, except in accordance with Law Society permission, (i) no solicitor should employ or remunerate, in connection with his practice as a solicitor, the respondent; (ii) no employee of a solicitor should employ or remunerate, in connection with the solicitor’s practice, the said respondent; (iii) no recognised body should employ or remunerate the said respondent; (iv) no manager or employee of a recognised body should employ or remunerate the said respondent in connection with the business of that body; (v) no recognised body or manager or employee of such a body should permit the said respondent to be a manager of the body; and (vi) no recognised body or manager or employee of such a body should permit the said respondent to have an interest in the body.

The respondent, who was not a solicitor and was employed by Dent Abrams Solicitors, had been guilty of conduct of such a nature that in the opinion of the SRA it would be undesirable for him to be employed by a solicitor in connection with his or her practice as a solicitor, in that he, while an employee of the firm had: misled or attempted to mislead a representative of the SRA in relation to the preparation of the firm’s accountant’s report in breach of principles 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011; and misled or attempted to mislead NG in relation to the state of the accounts and/or the preparation of the accountant’s report in breach of principles 2 and 6.

In so doing he had acted dishonestly.

In the light of the seriousness of the respondent’s misconduct, namely his proven dishonesty and lack of integrity, it was undesirable for him to be employed by a solicitor without the permission of the applicant. It was therefore appropriate and proportionate to make an order restricting his employment under section 43 of the Solicitors Act 1974. It was neither appropriate nor proportionate to impose a disciplinary sanction in addition.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £10,000.