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Self-destruct button

The legal sector must have a joined-up approach to dealing with addiction, writes Jean-Yves Gilg

15 March 2017

Noel Sedgley was looking forward to retiring. A respected sole practitioner with a spotless career, he set up his own Bournemouth-based firm in 1988. Then, last year, a close friend died, followed by a colleague. Work pressure suddenly increased. A negligence claim stalled the sale of the practice. Then the gambling started. In the space of two months, the 66-year-old solicitor made 59 transfers totalling more than £1.2m from the firm’s client account.

By the time Sedgley realised what he had done, it was too late. He had repaid the money, but this act of practical contrition showed he had been aware of the nature of his conduct. In the eyes of the law, he had been dishonest, and he was struck off. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has e...

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