Claimed to have authorisation
A junior solicitor has been faraway from the career after it emerged she had faked her colleague’s signature on essential authorized paperwork throughout her time as a trainee.
Henna Zeb Khan was simply months away from qualifying with Bradford outfit Stachiw Bashir Inexperienced when she signed paperwork, together with a land registry kind and two certificates of title, utilizing her co-worker’s title. The paperwork had been then despatched to a financial institution and HM Land Registry.
She certified in February 2019 however was dismissed by the agency in June when the misconduct got here to mild.
Khan advised the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) she had been authorised by the extra skilled colleague, a licensed conveyancer, to make use of her signature on the paperwork.
She claimed to have “normal authority” to take action as a result of her colleague had mentioned “to tell her of the paperwork in order that she was conscious of the place”.
But the tribunal rejected this, discovering that the younger lawyer had not been authorised, expressly or implicitly, to signal the docs on behalf of her colleague.
It went on to explain Khan’s colleague as a “credible witness” and famous the respondent had typically “deflected troublesome questions fairly than giving clear solutions”.
The tribunal mentioned it was in “little question that [Khan] had a profitable profession forward of her” however that her actions had been dishonest and “demonstrated a transparent lack of integrity”.
The SDT mentioned the motivation behind the misconduct was unclear, “however that she had appeared to wish to take a short-cut and presumably needed to show herself”.
Khan was struck off and ordered to pay prices of £15,700.