Tribunal Date: 10/06/2019
Appeal Status:No Appeal
Edinburgh 10 June 2019. The Tribunal in respect of the Appeal under Section 42ZA(9) of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 by John James Rankin Hodge, 6 Killoch Place, Ayr (“the Appellant”) against the Determination of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh (“the First Respondents”) dated 28 June 2018 upholding six heads of complaint of unsatisfactory professional conduct made by Mr A (“the Second Respondent”), ordering that the Appellant be Censured, Directing that the Appellant pay a Fine of £1,000 and compensation of £2,500 to the Second Respondent; Confirm the Determination of the First Respondent of unsatisfactory professional conduct; Confirm the order of Censure of the Appellant; Confirm the Direction that the Appellant pay a fine of £1,000; Vary the Direction that the Appellant pay compensation of £2,500 by reducing the award to £1,500; Find the Appellant liable in the expenses of the First Respondent and of the Tribunal including expenses of the Clerk, chargeable on a time and line basis as the same may be taxed by the Auditor of the Court of Session on an agent and client, client paying basis in terms of Chapter Three of the last published Law Society’s Table of Fees for general business with a unit rate of £14.00, excluding the expenses relating to preparation for and attendance at the hearing on 26 February 2019 in respect of which the Tribunal found no expenses due to or by either party; Direct that publicity will be given to this decision and that this publicity should include the name of the Appellant.
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