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Creative Quarter, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 1AF
Languages spoken English, French, German, Mandarin, Welsh
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Legal services at this branch
- Administrative and public law
- Commercial litigation
- Commercial property
- Company and commercial
- Conveyancing - residential
- Corporate finance
- Crime - fraud
- Dispute resolution - civil mediation
- Dispute resolution - commercial mediation
- Financial services
- Human rights
- Information Technology
- Insolvency and restructuring - business
- Intellectual property
- Landlord and tenant - residential
- Litigation - general
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Neighbour disputes
- Personal injury
- Private client - Probate
- Private client - trusts
- Private client - Wills
- Professional negligence
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Outcome: Regulatory settlement agreement
This outcome was reached by SRA decision.
1. Joanna Marie Fisher, currently working as a consultant at CLP Group Limited of Westgate House, Womanby Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BR, agrees to the following outcome of the investigation into her professional conduct under reference TRI/1151215-2015.
2. In June 2013, Ms Fisher was working as a legal executive at Keith Evans & Co of 14 Clytha Park Road, Newport, Gwent ("KE"). However she had decided to move to another firm.
3. During June 2013, she sent emails to at least 2 of KE's clients saying that she was going to leave. At the time she had not told KE that she was going to leave, and did not tell KE she was telling clients about her move.
4. On 18 July 2013 KE dismissed Ms Fisher and she started working at her new firm. On 16 January 2014 she was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors and has held a practising certificate ever since.
5. KE complained to the SRA about Ms Fisher's conduct while she was still working for KE.
6. Ms Fisher accepts that she committed professional breaches in the following matters:
6.1. paying client money into her own personal bank account;
6.2. acting on two matters on behalf of KE, without telling KE she was doing so.
Paying client money into her own bank account
7. Ms Fisher twice accepted money from KE's clients for legal work, which she paid into her own personal bank account:
7.1. on 10 April 2013 she accepted ?780 from Messrs H and A;
7.2. on or around 1 July 2013, she accepted ?300 from Mr U.
Payment from Messrs H and A
8. From 19 February 2013 to 23 April 2013, Ms Fisher acted for Messrs H and A on a commercial tenancy. She dealt with the matter throughout for a fixed fee of ?650 plus VAT, totalling ?780.
9. On 10 April 2013 Messrs H and A paid the ?780 into Ms Fisher's bank account.
10. Ms Fisher held onto the money to offset a debt she says KE owed to her but later offered to pay it to KE.
Payment from Mr U
11. On 1 July 2013 Ms Fisher met Mr U to take instructions. Ms Fisher told Mr U she was leaving KE soon, and Mr U said that he wanted to continue instructing her. Ms Fisher therefore asked Mr U to pay her directly and he paid her ?300.
12. On 2 July 2013 Mr U said that he had decided to continue to instruct KE. Ms Fisher therefore paid the ?300 to Mr U.
13. Ms Fisher makes, and the SRA accepts, the admissions made in paragraph 14 below.
14. Ms Fisher breached the Solicitors' Accounts Rules 2011 ("SAR") and the SRA Principles 2011 ("Principles") as follows:
14.1. Rule 14.1 of the SAR (not paying client money into a client account);
14.2. Principle 4 (not acting in the best interests of clients);
14.3. Principle 6 (not maintaining the trust the public places in the provision of legal services);
14.4. Principle 10 (not protecting client money).
15. Ms Fisher puts the following matters forward by way of mitigation.
16. No client suffered any detriment or loss, and no client made a complaint as a result of these matters.
17. Ms Fisher had no intent to cause any harm to any client.
18. Ms Fisher was under considerable professional and personal stress at this time, which was a short period and involved only the matters mentioned above.
19. As Ms Fisher has admitted the above breaches the outcome set out below is proportionate in all the circumstances.
20. Ms Fisher agrees to pay a fine of ?2,000 within 28 days.
21. Ms Fisher agrees the SRA may publish this decision and disclose it to any other person.
22. Ms Fisher agrees to pay the costs of the investigation, including the SRA's legal costs, in the sum of ?2,350 inclusive of disbursements within 28 days of a statement of costs due being issued by the SRA.
23. Ms Fisher agrees that she will not act in any way that is inconsistent with this agreement by, for example, denying the misconduct admitted in paragraph 14 above.
24. If Ms Fisher does not comply with the terms of this agreement, or if she acts inconsistently in any way with this agreement, she accepts that the SRA may reconsider this outcome. The SRA's reconsideration may include referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on the original facts and allegations and also on the basis that failure to comply constitutes a breach of Principles 2, 6 and 7 SRA Principles 2011.
The date of this agreement is 11 July 2016.
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