Members of the legal profession provided pro bono advice
A newly-qualified solicitor who was struck off the roll of solicitors in March 2020, following a hearing in which she represented herself, has been spared a second Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) hearing after members of the legal profession stepped in to help.
In March 2020, Claire Matthews was struck off after the SDT found she had delayed informing her employer, Capsticks LLP, that she had left a locked suitcase of client documents on a train to try and give herself time to locate the briefcase.
The SDT found Matthews misinformed colleagues on two occasions about the whereabouts of the suitcase, and that the interactions with her colleagues were dishonest. While Matthews accepted she had delayed in reporting th...