28 March 2017
Joni Parrington, upon her own admission was convicted and sentenced to 38 months imprisonment on 22 May 2015 at the Crown Court sitting in Lewis of three criminal offences namely:
• Two counts of dishonestly mak[ing] false representation to make gain for self/another or cause loss to other/expose other to risk;
• Three counts of fraud by abuse of position; and
• Acquire/use/possess criminal property.
The particulars of the criminal conduct were the misappropriation of £105,000.00 from four client matters. The transactions identified took place between November 2013 and December 2013. She thereby breached Principle 2 of the CILEx Code of Conduct 2015 which requires members to maintain high standards of professional and personal conduct.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority found that Joni Parrington is or was involved in a legal practice (as defined by section 43 (1A) of the Solicitors Act 1974) but is not a solicitor and has been convicted of a criminal offence which is such that in the opinion of the Society it would be undesirable for her to be involved in a legal practice. She thereby breached Principle 2 of the CILEx Code of Conduct 2015 which requires members to maintain high standards of professional and personal conduct.
Joni Parrington admitted the misconduct and a Determination by Consent was agreed between CILEx Regulation and Ms Parrington.
Sanction – Indefinite exclusion
Joni Parrington agreed to be excluded from CILEx for an indefinite period of time and not to apply for re-instatement before 10 years have passed.