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Off the rails: the impact of low-level offences on your career

Minor wrongdoings such as failing to pay your train fare can get you struck off, warns Mena Ruparel

6 March 2019

A couple of years ago I had an interesting conversation with a solicitor colleague over drinks one evening. He told me that he’d had the day from hell, after various complications at court that afternoon which he’d finished much later than expected. He’d had to run for the train but when he arrived at the station the only working ticket machine was on the other platform. In order to buy a ticket he’d have to run up the stairs over the bridge, down the stairs to buy a ticket and then run back to his original starting point to get on the train. The train happened to be pulling into the station as he arrived; he managed to jump aboard. There was no question that he was going to buy a ticket even though he knew he needed one to travel. I mentioned to him that I had read more than one case from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s (SDT) online archive in which a solicitor had been struck off for failing to buy a train ticket, which came as a surprise to hi...

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