Foster, Katherine

Date

09 December 2004

Charges

Ms Katherine Foster failed to conduct herself in a manner as to avoid bringing disrepute upon ILEX or its members and to avoid doubt being cast upon her own professional integrity contrary to Section 1 of the Code of Conduct of the Institute of Legal Executives.

The particulars of this charge were that:

An order had been made against Katherine Foster under s43 Solicitors Act 1974 that no solicitor shall, except in accordance with permission in writing granted by the Law Society for such a period and subject to such conditions as the Society may think fit to specify in the permission, employ or remunerate with their practice as a solicitor Katherine Foster.

Ms Katherine Foster presented to Riley Langdon solicitors a forged examination result notification stating that she had passed the ILEX Law Paper 1 and Law Paper 2 examinations whereas she had not passed these.

Ms Katherine Foster presented to Riley Langdon solicitors a curriculum vitae which stated that she had obtained the ILEX Part I and Part II membership qualifications whereas she had not.

The second charge was that Ms Katherine Foster failed to conduct herself in a manner as to avoid bringing disrepute upon ILEX or its members and to avoid doubt being cast upon her own professional integrity contrary to Section 1 of the Code of Conduct of the Institute of Legal Executives and held herself out to be a Legal Executive whereas she was not a Fellow contrary to Section 2(3) of the Code of Conduct of the Institute of Legal Executives.

The particulars of this charge were that:

Ms Katherine Foster held herself out to Riley Langdon solicitors as being a Legal Executive whereas she was not.  The holding out was made in the information which she allowed JDI Consulting Ltd, a recruitment agency, to publish about her.  That publication stated that Miss Foster was a legal executive. 

Riley Langdon solicitors wrote to Miss Foster on 20 June 2003 to offer her the post of a Legal Executive.  However, Miss Foster did not inform Riley Langdon solicitors that she was not a Fellow of ILEX and therefore was not entitled to refer to herself as a Legal Executive.

Miss Foster held herself out to clients as being a Legal Executive whereas she was not entitled to call herself a Legal Executive because she was not a Fellow of ILEX.  Miss Foster in particular held herself out to be a legal executive when writing file notes, client care letters and witnessing a Will.

Outcome

The charges were found proved.

Sanction

Katherine Foster was permanently excluded from membership of ILEX.  She was also ordered to pay compensation in the sum of £500.