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Solicitor fined £2,000 after being caught drink-driving THREE TIMES in just one month

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Regulator tipped off about convictions by two members of the public

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A solicitor who was caught drink-driving three times in just one month has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).

Aidan Loy was convicted of three drink-driving offences in February 2014 at North Cumbria Magistrates Court. He was handed a 20-week suspended sentence for the second and third offences, and was disqualified from driving for five years. The judgment reveals that the 52-year-old’s trio of booze-related offences occurred over a four-week period between November 2013 and December 2013.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) only learned of Loy’s run-ins with the law in September 2016 after it received tip-offs from two members of the public. According to the judgment, the regulator was sent a copy of an article which had appeared in the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald with details of Loy’s convictions. It also emerged that Loy had two previous convictions for similar offences, taking the total up to five.

The SDT heard how Loy admitted the convictions and had pleaded guilty to them at the time. Whilst noting that his drink-driving offences involved no dishonesty, he accepted that committing a crime could not be said to be upholding the rule of law.

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Moreover, Loy denied failing to maintain public trust in the profession, noting that at the time of the offences he was not acting as a solicitor or providing legal services. It also emerged that Loy, who was admitted to the roll in 1997, had mistakenly self-reported his drink-driving offences in 2014 to the Law Society rather than the regulator.

In mitigation, Loy cited health problems at the time of his convictions and that he was reliant on state benefits.

In considering its sanction, the SDT noted that Loy’s “misconduct involved three criminal offences likely to put others at risk” and that as an experienced solicitor Loy “should have been aware of the potential for harm to the reputation of the profession to result from such actions.” The judgment adds:

“The tribunal considered that it was relevant that the levels of alcohol were around three times the legal limit and that this exacerbated the seriousness of the offence and the lack of integrity demonstrated.”

The SDT imposed a fine of £8,000 — reduced by 75% to £2,000 due to Loy’s finances — and ordered him to pay costs of £750.

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15 Comments

Lord Harley of Counsel

Joke.

Anonymous

How’s the bowel incontinence going?

Lord Harley of Counsel

Probably about the same as your genital warts.

Anonymous

Although drink driving is a despicable and selfish crime, someone being caught three times in one month suggests a state of either physical or mental ill-health, perhaps both. I don’t really think it benefits anyone to re-hash this, given the crimes occurred almost 5 years ago.

Anonymous

The point is he did not disclose it to his regulator. In my view, that crosses the dishonesty threshold.

Anonymous

No mental health issues, just a selfish piss head with a bad attitude who compounded his sins by arrogantly failing to report the convictions.

Anonymous

this is stupid and irrelevant. It had nothing to do with the profession hence the stupid SDT or should i say STD, should not be involved whatsoever.

They are trying to play god over all solicitors lives. gtf outta here!

Anonymous

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Anonymous

Punished twice.

Double jeapordy violated.

Self-reporting? The stuff of Big Brother.

If it doesn’t affect how he does his job or is an offence committed while working it’s none of their bloody business.

Just another excuse for the SRA to help themselves to another wedge of some poor overworked sod’s hard earned cash.

That said, if I was the Magistrate I would have locked him up.

Anonymous

Brothers! Sisters!

Alcohol abuse is a sign of the corrosive nature of capitalism!

Depression is a social problem with social solutions!

We need to make a fairer world, with solidarity for all refugees, through socialism and communism!

VOTE CORBYN!!!!

Corbyn. Sympathiser

Naff off.

Leftie

As a socialist I’ve had it with rent-a-mob Labour thuggery.

The baying jealous mob verbally attacking Rees-Mogg’s kids was the final straw.

If the moderates don’t reclaim Labour, they’ll be in the wilderness for years just like the 80s and early 90s, no matter how bad it gets under the Tories.

If Labour offered sensible Wilsonian socialism, they would be attractive.

Unfortunately like the 80s the looney left are taking over with obsessive rantings about Israel/Palestine, criticism of Judaism and hatred of anything Christian (while casually ignoring the excesses of the more extreme sections of the Islamic community, for some reason!) and devoting a disproportionate amount of time, effort and resources to niche causes, when most on the left simply want fair taxation and spending, jobs for all, decent homes for all and public ownership of public services (but not the whole bloody economy!)

And, incidentally, though you may want a fair asylum policy, opening the gates does not win votes.

A trust fund with a trust fund

How would you achieve decent homes for all? We have a growing population and a small island land mass.
I know how I would lower house prices / increase available housing stock at any given budget (same thing), how would your ideal socialist party do it?

(Btw ignore my handle, that’s just what I usually use because I think it’s a funny phrase)

Dark Destroyer

No foreign name + colour = get away with it

Anonymous

Lad.

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