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David Blair-Wilson

17 May 2013 | tagged News release

Former solicitor David Blair-Wilson was today, Friday 17 May, sentenced to four years in prison at Edinburgh High Court.

The length of sentence means that he faces automatic prosecution before the Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal.

Mr Blair-Wilson has not held a practising certificate which would allow him to work as a solicitor since October 2011.

Philip Yelland, Director of Regulation at the Law Society of Scotland, said: "Solicitors are expected to maintain the highest standards both in their professional and personal lives. They are bound by rules including rules about their conduct, and serious criminal convictions are a breach of these rules.

"We will get official notice of the sentence from the authorities, which will allow us to raise a formal complaint which enables us to take a prosecution to the independent Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

The Law Society of Scotland can prosecute its members before the independent Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal, for breaches of accounts rules and practice rules.

The Tribunal is independent of the Society and decides whether solicitors are guilty of misconduct or not, and what sanctions it imposes which range from striking a solicitor off the roll, restricting their practising certificate to work as an assistant, or not handle client monies, for example, or a censure and fine of up to £10,000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Suzy Powell on 0131 476 8115 or Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884.

Email: suzypowell@lawscot.org.uk

17 May 2013

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