1 reviews and information for Metcalfe Copeman & Pettefar LLP, King's Lynn
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28-32 King Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1HQ
Languages spoken English, French
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Legal services at this branch
- Commercial litigation
- Commercial property
- Company and commercial
- Conveyancing - residential
- Crime - fraud
- Crime - general
- Debt and bankruptcy - personal
- Debt recovery
- Family - general
- Family - mediation
- Intellectual property
- Landlord and tenant - residential
- Licensing gaming and betting
- Litigation - general
- Mental health
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Personal injury
- Private client - Probate
- Private client - trusts
- Private client - Wills
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Outcome: Control of non-qualified staff (section 43 order)
This outcome was reached by SRA decision.
Section 43 Order
1. Agreed Outcome
1.1 Ms Rebecca Powell, a former employee of Metcalfe Copemans Pettefar LLP (the Firm), agrees to the following outcome to the investigation of her conduct by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA):
to the SRA making an order under section 43 of the Solicitors Act 1974 (a Section 43 Order) in relation to her that, from the date of this agreement:
no solicitor shall employ or remunerate her in connection with his practice as a solicitorno employee of a solicitor shall employ or remunerate her in connection with the solicitor's practiceno recognised body shall employ or remunerate herno manager or employee of a recognised body shall employ or remunerate her in connection with the business of that bodyno recognised body or manager or employee of such a body shall permit her to be a manager of the bodyno recognised body or manager or employee of such body shall permit her to have an interest in the body
except in accordance with the SRA's prior permission.
she will pay the costs of the investigation of ?300.
to the publication of this agreement.
2. Summary of Facts
2.1 Ms Powell was a Trainee Legal Executive at the Firm from August 2014 to July 2017. She worked in the Wills, Probate and Elderly Client department.
2.2 Mrs T, a senior solicitor at the Firm, held a number of deputyships and attorneyships to deal with the financial affairs of vulnerable clients. Ms Powell assisted in this work and was supervised by Mrs T.
2.3 Many of the clients for whom Mrs T acted as Deputy or Attorney would attend the Firm to collect cash for their day-to-day living expenses. To fund this, Mrs T periodically withdrew cash from the relevant client?s personal bank account.
2.4 This money was kept at the Firm in an individual designated wallet for each client. The Firm kept records of all money held in the wallets. When clients attended the Firm to collect money for their living expenses, they were only to be paid from the money held in their designated wallet and the payments out were to be recorded on the Firm?s accounts.
2.5 In June 2017, at a time when Mrs T was often away from the office, Ms Powell was responsible for distributing the money for living expenses. When she did so she handed out more money to clients than the Firm was holding for them, by taking it from the wallets the Firm held for other clients. She also failed to accurately record how much money she had handed out, to whom and from which wallet the money came.
2.6 As a result, the Firm could not say accurately how much money it should have been holding for each client. The Firm replaced ?5,940 that had either been wrongly paid out to clients or which had not been accurately recorded on the Firm?s records.
3. Why the agreed outcome is appropriate
3.1 The SRA and Ms Powell agree that a Section 43 Order is appropriate because:
Ms Powell is not a solicitor
by virtue of her employment at the Firm she was involved in a legal practice, and
by giving monies belonging to one client to another client who was not entitled to them, she has acted in a way which makes it undesirable for her to be involved in a legal practice.
3.2 Ms Powell's conduct makes it undesirable for her to be involved in a legal practice because it demonstrates that she may not adequately protect the interest of vulnerable persons.
3.3 The SRA considers it appropriate that this agreement is published in the interests of transparency in the regulatory and disciplinary process.
4. Acting in a way which is inconsistent with this Agreement
4.1 Ms Powell agrees that she will not act in any way which is inconsistent with this agreement such as, for example, by denying responsibility for the conduct referred to above.
5.1 Ms Powell agrees to pay the costs of the SRA's investigation in the sum of ?300. Such costs due within 28 days of a statement of costs due being issued by the SRA.
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