Dodgy Manches solicitor struck off after stealing £60,000
30 October 2015
The latest lawyer to join the swollen pack of Dodgy Solicitors is an associate who stole £60,000 from Manches' clients.
Oonagh Grant wins her orange card after being struck off by the Solicitors Regulation Authority this month, although she was convicted back in 2011. Grant was a real estate associate at Manches, but her theft was not discovered until after she left the firm. At the time
of her arrest insiders told RollOnFriday that partners had signed off invoices for "agents fees
" that went to personal accounts linked to the lawyer, and that her crimes had gone unnoticed for weeks.
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After the associate's files were reviewed it was discovered that she had arranged for the transfer of £62,000 to the accounts of third parties who were linked to her. At her subsequent trial she admitted ten counts of theft and received a two year suspended sentence. Just four years later, the SRA has weighed in to confirm that it would be "undesirable
" for Grant to work in the law. It has banned her from employment by any solicitor or in a solicitor's practice without its permission.
A spokesman for Manches did not comment, because in the intervening years it went bust