News

DAC Beachcroft litigation exec banned for naming client on Facebook

By on
5

Also overbilled working hours

A former litigation executive has been barred from working the legal profession after naming a client in a Facebook post.

Keith Howell, who worked in the Manchester office of DAC Beachcroft, also made a second post commenting on a case being conducted for that client, according to decision published on Friday by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Furthermore, the decision states Howell spent “excessive time dealing with clients’ matters and recording billable time in excess of what was reasonable.”

The 2020-21 Legal Cheek Firms Most List

The regulator said Howell had “breached client confidentiality”, “failed to act in his clients’ best interests” and “failed to behave in a way that would maintain public trust in him and the provision of legal services”.

Howell was made the subject of a section 43 order, which prevents him from working in a law firm without prior permission from the SRA.

DAC Beachcroft declined to comment.

For all the latest commercial awareness info, and advance notification of Legal Cheek's careers events:

Sign up to the Legal Cheek Hub

5 Comments

Anon

Very in depth and detailed article!

Seriously Tom, if you’re going to just rehash a decision report over your cornflakes, at least try to get one with more information. How can we draw any conclusions on this without knowing what this guy said, to who and the context? Lazy “journalism”.

Patient NQ

Very interested in the decision of “excessive time dealing with clients’ matters and recording billable time in excess of what was reasonable.” I wonder how much time against what tasks was considered reasonable?

anon trainee

DAC Beachcroft…absolute top… so happy to be working at such very good excellent solicitor firm

bob

Can someone tell me how they arrived at the conclusion of “excessive time dealing with clients’ matters and recording billable time in excess of what was reasonable”? Was this just from looking at time sheets, or did he brag about it on social media?

Alan

I can understand the GDPR/Client confidentiality issue; but I wonder how the over-billing charge reconciles with this decision?

https://www.legalcheek.com/2020/07/no-sanction-for-trainee-solicitor-who-inflated-billing-hours/

Join the conversation

Related Stories