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Broadwalk House, 5 Appold Street, London
Bishopsgate, London, EC2A 2AG

Tel: 02076381111

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10/05/13 - Compiled from data from the Solicitors Regulation Authority website

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Decision - employee-related decision

Outcome: Approval of employment (section 43)

Outcome date: 16 September 2011

Published date: 26 October 2011

Firm details

Firm or organisation at time of matters giving rise to outcome

Name: Ashurst LLP

Address(es):
Broadwalk House, 5 Appold Street, London EC2A 2AG

Firm ID: 468653

Outcome details

This outcome was reached by SRA decision.

Decision details

ORDER Pursuant to Section 43(2) of the Solicitors Act 1974 (as amended) it is ordered that in relation to Paula Elizabeth Loven of 25 Riverside Way, Kelvedon, Essex, CO5 9LX and with effect from today's date:
(a)(i) no solicitor shall employ or remunerate, in connection with his practice as a solicitor,
(ii) no employee of a solicitor shall employ or remunerate, in connection with the solicitor’s practice,
(iii) no recognised body shall employ or remunerate, and
(iv) no manager or employee of a recognised body shall employ or remunerate in connection with the business of that body, except in accordance with a Society permission;

(b) that from the date specified above no recognised body or manager or employee of such a body shall, except in accordance with a Society permission, permit Paula Elizabeth Loven of 25 Riverside Way, Kelvedon, Essex, CO5 9LX to be a manager of the body;
(c) that from the date specified above no recognised body or manager or employee of such a body shall, except in accordance with a Society permission, permit Paula Elizabeth Loven of 25 Riverside Way, Kelvedon, Essex, CO5 9LX to have an interest in the body.

Reasons/basis

Mrs Loven, an unadmitted person had been employed by Ashurst LLP as a secretary until September 2010. Mrs Loven was appointed as treasurer to a club in April 2005. From that date until November 2009 Mrs Loven stole a total of £84,387. Mrs Loven's actions were discovered late 2009 and when arrested she admitted what she had done. Mrs Loven had explained the money was used to pay bills.

Mrs Loven was convicted on her own plea to an offence involving dishonesty. She held a position of trust as the treasurer of a club and abused that position for her own benefit. It does not assist Mrs Loven that her actions did not involve her employers. Those who are not solicitors but are employed or remunerated in the solicitor's profession are expected to behave appropriately so that the public's confidence in the profession is upheld. A conviction for dishonesty wiill give rise to a risk that such confidence will be undermined.

In light of her conviction, it is not desirable in the public interest for Mrs Loven to be permitted to be employed or remunerated in the solicitors' profession without the imposition of regulatory control. The making of an order under Section 43 (2) will not prevent her from being employed or remunerated in the solicitors' profession but means that that the SRA must first be satisfied with the arrangements and grant its approval in writing.


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