Salutary Tale

Here is a story to chill the heart of every legal aid practitioner.

In short the firm committed breaches of the Solicitors Account Rules by not transferring disbursements from (then) LSC payments, into client account within 14-days. The money stayed in office account given the firm’s overdraft which was exacerbated by £170K in unpaid fees from the Commission – something the SDT judgment recognises. The partners ended up with heavy fines and reprimands nonetheless.

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