Solicitor Gerard Nesbitt, who was sentenced to a prison term on 29 May, will now face automatic prosecution before the Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal.
Philip Yelland, Director of Regulation at the Law Society of Scotland, said: "Solicitors are expected to work to 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."
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.
29 May 2013