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Compiled from data from the Solicitors Regulation Authority website

21/10/15

Source: https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/solicitor-check/626141.article?Decision=2015-10-21

Outcome: Approval of employment (section 43)
Outcome details

This outcome was reached by SRA decision.

Decision details



S43 Order, written rebuke and fine.

Lisa Suzanne Shah (formerly Sidwell), a person who is not a solicitor, was employed as a residential conveyancer by the firm Awdry Bailey & Douglas in the firm's Royal Wootton Basset office between 2001 and September 2014. During her employment with Awdry Bailey & Douglas Lisa Shah was found to have forged a client's signature on a transfer deed and to have signed the same as confirmation that she had witnessed her client's signature. This conduct breached Principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

Lisa Shah is no longer employed by Awdry Bailey & Douglas and has been working as a Legal Conveyancing Secretary for Bower & Bailey LLP in the firm's Swindon office.

Lisa Shah was made subject to an order pursuant to section 43(2) of the Solicitors Act 1974 (as amended) and was given a written rebuke and ordered to pay a financial penalty of ?750.00. She was also ordered to pay the SRA's costs of ?600.00 in investigation this matter.



Reasons/basis

In the matter of Lisa Suzanne Shah (formerly Sidwell) of Calne, Wiltshire A person who is or was involved in legal practice but is not a solicitor Section 43 Solicitors Act 1974 (as amended)

The Facts

Lisa Suzanne Shah (formerly Sidwell), a person who is not a solicitor, was employed as a residential conveyancer by the firm Awdry Bailey & Douglas in the firm's Royal Wootton Basset office between 2001 and September 2014. During her employment with Awdry Bailey & Douglas she was found to have forged a client's signature on a transfer deed and to have signed the same as confirmation that she had witnessed her client's signature. This conduct breached Principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

Lisa Shah resigned from Awdry Bailey & Douglas in September 2014.

Finding

We find that Lisa Shah (formerly Sidwell) is or was involved in a legal practice (as defined by section 43 (1A) of the Solicitors Act 1974) but is not a solicitor and has occasioned or been a party to, with or without the connivance of a solicitor, an act or default in relation to a legal practice which involved conduct on her part of such a nature that in the opinion of the Society it would be undesirable for her to be involved in a legal practice in any of the ways set out in the order below.

Order

To make a section 43 order that with effect from the date of the letter or email notifying Lisa Shah(formerly Sidwell) of 7 Magnolia Rise, Calne, Wiltshire of this decision:



(i) no solicitor shall employ or remunerate her in connection with his/her practice as a solicitor;

(ii) no employee of a solicitor shall employ or remunerate her in connection with the solicitor's practice;

(iii) no recognised body shall employ or remunerate her;

(iv) no manager or employee of a recognised body shall employ or remunerate her in connection with the business of that body;

(v) no recognised body or manager or employee of such a body shall permit her to be a manager of the body; and

(vi) no recognised body or manager or employee of such a body shall permit her to have an interest in the body except in accordance with a Society permission.



This order is subject to a statutory right of review to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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