17 October 2019
Ms Cutler admitted the following allegations:
Mitchell Cutler failed to behave with honesty and integrity.
Contrary to: Principle 3, outcomes 3.1 and 3.2 of the CILEx Code of Conduct.
Mitchell Cutler failed to maintain high standards of professional and personal conduct and justify public trust in her, her profession and the provision of legal services.
Contrary to: Principle 2, outcome 2.2 of the CILEx Code of Conduct.
The particulars of both allegations are that the SRA made an order under Section 43 of the Solicitors Act 1974 prohibiting her from working in a legal practice with the permission of the SRA after it was found that Ms Cutler had deliberately falsified a client letter preventing fair and proper investigations taking place in a conveyancing matter.
Ms Cutler admitted both allegations and, in accordance with Rule 18 (1) CILEx Regulation Enforcement Rules 2018, agreed to determine the allegations by consent and agreed a sanction that would be available to the Professional Conduct Panel or Disciplinary Tribunal.
Sanction – Exclusion – fixed period
The sanction was approved by the Professional Conduct Panel in accordance with Rule 18(3) ER 2018 and Ms Cutler was excluded from CILEx membership for two years.