The trainee appealed against the decision of the Law Society to cancel his student membership on the basis that he was not a fit and proper person to become a solicitor. He had been convicted of criminal damage, but had not notified the Law Society of that conviction. He was convicted of further offences and served a term of imprisonment. When challenged by the Society he said that he was the real victim in the situations which had arisen.
Held: The appeal failed. It was based upon a misconception as to the basis of the Society’s investigation which had in fact been more generous to him than he had thought.
Lord Phillips MR
 EWCA Civ 994
England and Wales
Updated: 23 June 2022; Ref: scu.217460