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At Last, Some Good News For Jobless LPC Graduates: If You’re Convicted Of a Crime, You’ll Get a Lighter Sentence Than Other People

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Last month, BPP Law School Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduate Victoria Lawson admitted stealing more than £8,000 from John Lewis, where she was working part-time having failed to net a training contract.

The expectation was that 25 year-old Lawson – who stole the sizeable sum from the Peterborough branch of the store via a fake refund scam – would be sent to jail when she was sentenced on Friday at Peterborough Magistrates Court.

But for District Judge Andrew Jones, the fact that Lawson’s crime will prevent her from ever practising as a solicitor was punishment enough. As such, he decided to take what he termed an “unusual course” and hand Lawson a community order with supervision instead…

“You are going to suffer some significant and life-long punishment in the sense that the years of training you have undertaken will not be put to use,” Judge Jones told Lawson. “You will never be able to practice as a lawyer and that’s a life-long punishment, over and above anything this court can impose.”

The judge continued: “I’m adopting this unusual course as you know from your training, theft from employment often imposes a prison sentence,” adding: “The real punishment is the tragic fact that you will probably never practise as a solicitor.””

Lawson (pictured), who stood for South Holland district council last year as a Conservative local election candidate, told police after her arrest that she had committed the offences because she was “sad and depressed and wanted to cheer herself up”.

In court last month her solicitor said: “She can’t explain why she did it. She doesn’t have any idea. She had a significant amount of savings in her account already.”

He also explained that Lawson, a Huddersfield University history graduate who converted to law by the GDL route, had been receiving psychiatric support in the hope of identifying the cause of her actions. He suggested her behaviour was linked to feelings of loneliness and isolation after her return to rural Lincolnshire from law school.

Read about the details of Lawson’s scam here.

9 Comments

troy codnee

Dear oh dear. Given the headline of this article it looks like the whole website is trying to be an application form for the post of Daily Mail’s legal correspondent. A shame, as there have been some good articles.

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I say it with love

Had Troy ever set foot in a Magistrates’ Court, he’d know the point being made is valid.

I saw a case where a barrister was alleged to have punched ambulance crew attempting to help his drunk ass off the floor.

Rather that being about who else could have given the ambulanceman a black eye – the case turned on whether said barrister’s career would be ruined.

So much for the Rule of Law, Troy.

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I say it with love

I almost forgot to add, said barrister was acquitted.

Oh yes.

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troy codnee

What was the lawyer doing giving alcohol to a donkey?

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troy codnee

Actually, on reflection I see your point. I have been able to realise 3 self evident propositions in light of your comment:

1) The concept of justice is difficult to apply
2) There is considerable scope for corruption when dealing with professionals
3) The British Royal family are shape shifting reptilians engaged in a worldwide illuminati conspiracy against the masses.

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John Storer

What an appalling article! The author should be thoroughly ashamed, not only for sensationalising the story in the worst kind of tabloid way but also because it gives a totally false impression that Ms Lawson would have gone to prison but for the fact she had done the LPC

Theft, even theft from employer, is often dealt with by means of a non-custodial sentence. This is especially so in the case of young first offenders. In the last 18 months, I have had clients who have stolen considerably larger sums from employers and who have been sentenced to non-custodial sentences.

I am tempted to cancel my subscription

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Alex Aldridge

Subscription?

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CrimeCounsel

It’s a reference to Private Eye Alex. Private Eye is a clever satirical journal dealing with current news items. You should take a look.

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Alex Aldridge

Ah…I should know that

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