27 January 2022
Katherine Broadbent admitted two allegations:
- Failing to maintain high standards of professional and personal conduct and justify public trust in you, your profession and the provision of legal services, Principle 2, Outcome 2.2 of the CILEx Code of Conduct
- Failing to behave with honesty and integrity, Principle 3, Outcomes 3.1 and 3.2 of the CILEx Code of Conduct
The circumstances of the allegations are that on or around 29 September 2020, Katherine Broadbent was acting for the purchasers in a residential conveyancing matter. She
took a photocopy of her clients’ signatures from another document, added it to a plan yet to be signed by her clients, photocopied it and emailed a copy of the falsely signed plan to the seller’s solicitors who were misled into thinking that her clients had properly signed the plan. In consequence of Mrs Broadbent’s conduct she was dismissed for gross misconduct and subsequently made the subject of a control order under Section 43 Solicitors Act 1974.
Katherine Broadbent admitted both allegations and, in accordance with Rule 18(1) of the Enforcement Rules (ER), 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
The sanction was approved by the Professional Conduct Panel in accordance with Rule 18(3) ER was excluded from CILEx membership for 24 months without automatic reinstatement. She may apply for reinstatement before the expiry of 24 months in the event that the SRA grant a permission enabling her to work in a legal practice.