It's always the cover-up.
A trainee has been banned from law for fiddling the dates on emails relating to extra matters he was told to handle while a colleague was away.
Daniel Hall, who was training at Liverpool firm Bermans, was tasked with looking after a colleague's real estate files while she was on leave. But the SRA has found that he was a little remiss in providing cover.
In its decision notice, the SRA described how Hall misled the colleague by producing two bogus emails which suggested he had undertaken the required tasks on the files, leading her to mistakenly inform the client that their matter had been progressed.
However, neither emails showed the time and date they were sent. When his colleague queried the anomaly, Hall forwarded the same emails again, and this time they displayed the missing information.
RollOnFriday can only imagine the trainee's despair as he watched across the office as she picked up the phone to IT.
In the subsequent meeting, the colleague presented Hall with evidence that he had not sent the emails, and he admitted that he had removed the dates and times from the first emails, and then added false dates and times for his second attempt.
Hall admitted to the SRA that his conduct was misleading and dishonest, and that his actions meant it was undesirable for him to be involved in a law firm.
In mitigation, he said personal circumstances were causing him "a significant amount of worry and distraction" at the time, and that he felt under pressure from his workload. He said that his desperate forgeries "were a result of him trying to keep up with his work".
The regulator has come under fire for being too quick to ban junior lawyers acting poorly under pressure. There was uproar over the regulator's treatment of Claire Matthews, an NQ who was struck off after she lied about leaving sensitive documents on a train - her case is now to be reheard.