22 September 2020
Prior Conduct Declared
In an application for reinstatement of CILEx membership, Melissa Williams declared she had been subject of an SRA and CILEx Regulation investigations. Following a finding of dishonesty, the SRA made a control order under Section 43 of the Solicitors Act 1974 and has granted a permission to allow Ms Williams to work in a legal practice with conditions
Ms Williams has been reinstated as a Chartered Legal Executive subject to the following conditions:
I. Mrs Williams’ work will be directly supervised by Nicholas Eve and in his absence by either Matthew Bailey or Richard Ian Robinson.
II. All incoming and outgoing post is reviewed by Mr Eve or another member of the firm.
III. Mrs Williams’ employment at Churchers Solicitors LLP is limited to that described in the Section 43 Approval of Employment form signed by Mr Robinson, on 24 October 2019, and his covering letter, also dated 24 October 2019.
IV. Mrs Williams’ supervision is as per the details provided to the SRA in the Section 43 Approval of Employment form signed by Mr Robinson, on 24 October 2019, and his covering letter, also dated 24 October 2019.
V. Any proposed variation to Mrs Williams job description, duties, or arrangements as to her supervision are notified to the SRA in advance of the change taking place and that the variation must not take place until permission is granted by the SRA. Any proposed changes to the composition of the firm is also to be notified in advance to the SRA.
VI. Mrs Williams must notify CILEx Regulation as soon as reasonably practicable of any review of or change in the SRA’s conditions (above) upon which she is permitted to be employed in a legal practice.
VII. Mrs Williams must notify CILEx Regulation in advance of any proposed change to her employment, whether or not such employment is in a legal practice.