An experienced commercial partner who continued acting for several developers and buyer companies for months after admitting to a client there was a conflict of interests, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £40,000 in costs.
David Roberts continued to act when there was a “clear and obvious” conflict and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) pointed out it was not the role of other solicitors to remind him of his obligations.
However, the SDT said it was "difficult to understand" why the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) considered that an intervention was necessary in the circumstances.
Roberts had already retired from legal practice by the time of the int...
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