One expects to be entering into a professional and legal arrangement where there is a mutual respect for the other’s interests when you visit anybody in the legal profession, or any other profession for that matter.
Now, this is not to say that one should enter into any arrangement blindly, without checking out the repercussions of such a business deal, yet there is a certain amount of honour that one expects simply to be implicit within the bond.
Unfortunately, there are people who will take advantage of good natured people and use this to swindle them out of their money in any business, even the legal profession. When a crooked Sheffield conveyancing solicitor was found to be ripping of homeowner’s through systematic cheating, this was the unfortunate case.
The lawyer, who worked for a leading Sheffield law firm had been a former partner within the firm and was well respected, not only in the community but in the legal circles that he frequented. However, after a client made a complaint about him, the mystery to the missing hundreds of pounds that had disappeared from his previous clients’ deals began to unravel and his scam was exposed.
This abuse of trust was made easy by his level of seniority in the company, which makes it all the more serious as he could have had access to much more funding, given more time to plan; the solicitor was in charge of arranging house sales which included a lot of money handling, providing him with an easy option to skim some extra money off the top of the company’s profits.
An internal audit saw that the lawyer had been secretly pocketing cash from conveyancing deals that should have gone straight to the firm, by demanding that invoices and cheques be made out to his name as opposed to the firm’s.
This was still a clear case of gross misconduct and the solicitor has been struck off the legal register and although no clients technically lost any money because of his underhand dealings as the money was destined to go to the firm, the firm now has a long way to go in regaining their reputation as a top Sheffield law firm.
This abuse of power is despicable, however you should not allow one story about a crooked lawyer put you off seeking legal advice from solicitors; if you do have any queries about the conveyancing process then you should compare the market of Sheffield conveyancing solicitors, before deciding on one that you can trust.