The Law Society of Scotland continues to allow dishonest lawyers to work, unknown to potential clients. GLASGOW SOLICITOR CATRIONA MACFARLANE, made famous earlier this year for covering up her mortgage broker husband’s theft of £24,000 of funds from clients she also represented, is the subject of this week’s feature on the new Scottish Legal Consumer Complaints website, well worth a read for Scots consumers of legal & financial services – especially in this case, mortgages, house purchases & sales.
Notably, even though Ms McFarlane was found guilty by the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal, censored, and fined the magnificent sum of £2,500, she is still working as a solicitor – a testament to the ‘ultimate in client protection’ offered by the Law Society of Scotland and hapless Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, ensuring once again that consumers are not safe while lawyers continue to regulate themselves.
Scottish Legal Consumer Complaints – A community based register of those to avoid in the legal profession :
I have previously reported on the Catriona MacFarlane case here : Glasgow lawyer who covered up husband’s £24k client theft gets slap on the wrist by Law Society tribunal, continues working & here : Law Society ‘routinely fails to report crime’ as Crown Office admits it never received report on Glasgow lawyer theft cover-up investigation
Curiously, the Crown Office refused to prosecute Ms MacFarlane even though the matter was reported to the Lord Advocate herself, as I reported here : Crown Office brought in over mortgage broker’s £24k client theft after Law Society failed to report Glasgow lawyer who ‘covered up’ for husband
Perhaps Mortgage Fraud, especially when it involves lawyers, is not much of a crime to the Crown Office .. or could it be more to do with the Crown Office being rather reluctant to prosecute lawyers for any offence at all, as I reported here : Justice Secretary ‘hush hush’ on criminal records of lawyers as Crown Office claims its too costly to keep details on legal profession’s crooks
A fine example where the community must step in to protect & ensure all consumers are alerted to the dishonest elements of Scotland’s legal profession. Please visit Scottish Legal Consumer Complaints for more details on elements of Scotland’s legal profession you as consumers & existing or potential clients of solicitors may very well wish to avoid …