Decision - Fined
Outcome date: 6 April 2020
Published date: 27 April 2020
Firm or organisation at time of matters giving rise to outcome
Name: Keoghs Nicholls Lindsell & Harris LLP
Address(es): 21-23 Market Street, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1QT
Firm ID: 635443
This outcome was reached by SRA decision.
Laura Evette Renwick, who is not a solicitor, was the assistant cashier at Keoghs Nicholls Lindsell & Harris LLP whose head office is at 21-23 Market Street, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 1QT between 16 June 2017 and 13 February 2018.
It was found that Mrs Renwick:
- Made unauthorised withdrawals from the firm’s petty cash account which led to a shortage of £3,536.38 on the firm’s office account.
- Made false entries on the firm’s petty cash account ledger to conceal the withdrawals.
The above conduct breached SRA Principles 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.
A finding of dishonesty was made against Mrs Renwick and she was made subject to a disqualification order pursuant to section 99 of the Legal Services Act 2007. This order prevents her from holding any of the following roles in a licensed body:
- Head of Legal Practice.
- Head of Finance and Administration.
- A manager
- An employee.
She was also directed to pay a financial penalty of £2,625 and costs of £1,350.