Solicitor(s): Steven Lilly, Bruce McCormack Limited, 2nd Floor, 1 Merry Street, Motherwell
Tribunal Date: 11/03/2016
Appeal Status:No Appeal
Edinburgh 11 March 2016. The Tribunal having considered the Complaint dated 29 October 2015 at the instance of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland against Steven Lilly, Bruce McCormack Limited, 2nd Floor, 1 Merry Street, Motherwell; Find the Respondent guilty of professional misconduct in cumulo in respect of his failure to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 in respect of one client; his failure to comply with the terms of a settlement agreement and failure to comply with a verbal undertaking given to a client and his failure to comply with written undertakings given to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission; his failure to respond promptly and efficiently and failure to communicate effectively by providing clear and comprehensive information in response to statutory notices sent to him by the Law Society of Scotland in connection with the complaints made by two clients and by the Law Society; his failure to communicate effectively by providing clear and comprehensive information in response to correspondence and statutory notices sent by the SLCC in respect of a complaint by one client and his failure to respond to the Law Society’s reasonable enquiries in relation to books and records of his firm following an inspection and failure or undue delay in providing the Financial Compliance Department of the Law Society with the documentation and information requested by them all in breach of Rules 1.2, 1.9.1 and 6.18.17 of the Law Society of Scotland Practice Rules 2011; Censure the Respondent; Find the Respondent liable in the expenses of the Complainers 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; and Direct that publicity will be given to this decision and that this publicity should include the name of the Respondent and may but has no need to include the names of anyone other than the Respondent.
Edinburgh, 6 June 2016. The Tribunal having previously made a Finding of professional misconduct against Steven Lilly, Bruce McCormack Limited, 2nd Floor, 1 Merry Street, Motherwell and having noted that the Secondary Complainer, Joseph McEwan, 3 Bay Willow Court, Hallside, Cambuslang, Glasgow had not provided submissions on the competency of his compensation claim or the merits of his compensation claim within the required period of 28 days of a copy of the Findings of professional misconduct against the Respondent being intimated to him; Dismiss the Secondary Complainer’s claim for compensation and make no finding of expenses due to or by any party in respect of the compensation claim.
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