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Solicitor Ruth Kearns of Merseyside, England; ethical goblin

 

The Law Society presented David Bushell with a law license in 1998.

 

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found Ruth guilty of the following misconduct.

  • Caused or allowed the retention in the firm’s office bank account of client monies, received from the Legal Aid Agency for payment of unpaid disbursements, resulting in a shortage of £39,233.37 (US $47,941.43)
  • Failed to remedy on discover the £39,233.37 shortfall on the firm’s client account arising from the breaches of the rules promptly or at all
  • Failed to notify the Solicitors Regulation Authority promptly that the firm was in serious financial difficulty from approximately early 2016, thereby breaching principle 7 and failing to achieve outcome 10.3 of the SRA Code of Conduct
  • Engaged in serious misconduct
  • Misconduct constituted serious lack of integrity

As a direct consequence of her misconduct, the enablers for Solicitor Misfits sitting on the Disciplinary Tribunal punished Ruth by gifting her with a complimentary fine of £10,000 (US $12,223.00) and ordered to pay costs of £13,300 (US $16,258.00).

 

As we speak (ca. August 2020), Ruth practices with Brown Turner Ross Limited at 11 St. Georges Place, Lord Street, Southport in Merseyside, England.

 

 

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