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SDT questions solicitor turned care home campaigner

16 September 2009

A sole practitioner who campaigns to save care homes from closure is appearing before the SDT this week, accused of breaking a number of practice conduct rules.

Yvonne Hossack is principal of Hossacks in Kettering, Northamptonshire, which specialises in acting for disabled people “of all ages and of all disabilities in relation to their care needs” and challenging care home and day centre closures.

The SRA accuses her of breaching the Solicitors Code of Conduct “by virtue of writing to clients and improperly and inappropriately urging and encouraging clients and others to engage in a media and political campaign”.

The SRA claims that she accepted and acted on instructions from third parties without seeking clarification of the position directly from clients, contrary to the solicitors practice rules.

It is also alleged that Hossack provided confidential information to a third party without the consent of the client and of further breaches of the practice rules relating to the way she conducted litigation.

In particular, she is accused of breaking conduct rules “by virtue of her bringing an application to the court on 19 December 2007 on behalf of three adults in respect of Hull City Council’s proposed closure, at a time when the respondent was not instructed by those individuals, and notwithstanding the individuals concerned were represented by an independent mental capacity advocate who had not instructed the respondent”.

The SDT hearing is expected to last until the end of the week.

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