A solicitor who turned a ‘blind eye’ to an early release pension scam has failed to convince the High Court he should be allowed to stay on the roll.
Robert John Metcalfe appealed the decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in September 2019 to strike him off after a finding of dishonesty in relation to his role in the schemes.
Metcalfe appealed both the finding and the sanction in the High Court but this week lost his challenge, with Mr Justice Murray fully accepting the tribunal’s findings and ruling that the strike-off decision was justified.
The judge said that if Metcalfe had questioned his clients properly and diligently about the scheme, he would have discovered the early pension release aspect. Instead he turned a ‘blind eye’ to the arrangements because they were to his financial benefit.
The judge added: ‘It was open to the SDT to conclude that Mr Metcalfe’s decision not to speak to his clients…