Anthony Clarke-Dearing 50193404

26 November 2019

Tony Clarke-Dearing faced a charge of:

  • failing to behave with honesty and/or integrity; and
  • failing to maintain high standards of professional and personal conduct and justify public trust in himself, his profession and the provision of legal services

contrary to Principles 2 and 3 and Outcomes 2.2 and 3.5 of the CILEx Code of Conduct 2015.

The particulars were that between 7 December 2017 and 28 April 2018, Anthony Clarke-Dearing, an Affiliate member of CILEx caused or allowed a number of posts and adverts to be made on his social media page, which indicated to consumers and the public that he had carried out, and was capable of carrying out on their behalf, the reserved legal activity of probate. He also indicated in correspondence with his regulator and in his client care documentation that he carried out and charged for probate work and  therefore held himself out as having a qualification or professional status that he does not possess, namely the status of an authorised or exempt person entitled to carry the reserved legal activity of probate under the Legal Services Act 2007, when he was neither authorised or exempt under that Act in relation to the activity.

The Tribunal upheld the charge of professional misconduct against Mr Clarke-Dearing.

Mr Clarke-Dearing was reprimanded for his conduct and warned in relation to his future conduct, largely to the effect that he cannot hold himself out as being authorised to practise in an area in which he is not entitled to practise.