Decision - Prosecution
Outcome: Referral to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Outcome date: 8 August 2019
Published date: 5 March 2020
Firm or organisation at time of matters giving rise to outcome
Name: Fortune Law Limited
Address(es): Central Court, 25 Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1AL
Firm ID: 469923
Firm or organisation at date of publication
Name: Sherrards Solicitors LLP
Address(es): 1-3 Pemberton Row, London EC4A 3BG
Firm ID: 535315
This outcome was reached by SRA decision.
This notification relates to a Decision to prosecute before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. This is an independent Tribunal which will reach its own decision after considering all the evidence, including any evidence put forward by the Solicitor. The Tribunal has certified that there is a case to answer in respect of allegations which are or include that :-
- Between the 19 July 2017 and 14 January 2018, she deliberately failed to disclose to her client, Mr. AT, her supervisor and principal of the firm and instructed counsel, that the firm had received from solicitors acting for the Respondents:-
- letters dated 19 July, 11 and 23 August, 8 September, 6 October and 22 November 2017 about costs owed by Mr AT and enforcement of those costs and
- court orders dated 3 October and 21 November 2017 awarding costs against Mr AT;
- On the 9 and 10 January 2018 she sent e-mails to her supervisor and principal of the firm and Mr. AT attaching draft letters to be sent to the solicitors acting for the Respondents, for their approval knowing that the e-mails and draft letters were misleading;
- At 16:25 on the 10 January 2018 she purported to send by way of an e-mail the letter referred to in allegation 2 to the solicitors acting for the Respondents and to her supervisor and principal of the Firm knowing that the e-mail would not reach the solicitors acting for the Respondents as she had deliberately used an incorrect e-mail address for them. The e-mail was sent by her in order to mislead her supervisor and principal of the Firm into believing that she had sent the letter to the solicitors acting for the Respondents when she had not.
- At 16:30 on the 10 January 2018 she forwarded the e-mail referred to in allegation 3 to Mr. AT in order to mislead him into believing that she had sent the e-mail attaching the letter to the solicitors acting for the Respondents when she knew that they had not received it as she had deliberately used an incorrect e-mail address for them and had received an e-mail notification at 16:26 informing her that the e-mail to the solicitors could not be delivered.
The allegations are subject to a Hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and are as yet unproven.