Claimed further 260 hours over two-month interval

Herbert Smith Freehills’ London workplace

A former paralegal at Metropolis regulation agency Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has been barred from the authorized career after she was discovered to have submitted quite a few time beyond regulation types with pretend approvals on them.

Catherine Margaret Hunt, who labored within the agency’s dispute division between November 2011 and January 2019, submitted 9 time beyond regulation declare types for a complete of 260 hours over a two-month interval in 2018.

HSF launched an investigation after turning into involved that the time beyond regulation claims had been unusually excessive, in accordance with a regulatory settlement agreement revealed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

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The agency recognized the declare types had been signed ‘AL’, the initials of Hunt’s former supervisor, who subsequently confirmed they’d not authorized any time beyond regulation for Hunt. The paralegal was dismissed for gross misconduct and reported to the SRA.

The SRA made Hunt topic to a piece 43 order, which prevents her from working in a regulation agency with out its prior permission. In doing so, the SRA stated her “conduct makes it undesirable for her to be concerned in a authorized follow as a result of it was dishonest.”

Hunt was ordered to pay the prices of the investigation of £300.

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