A lawyer who dodged £650 of train fares has been struck off the roll.
Between July 2017 and October 2017, NQ solicitor Adam Kemeny avoided paying £650 in fares to commute from his home in east London to Morrisons Solicitors in Redhill, Surrey. Kemeny realised that he could leave the station by a rear exit without "tapping out" with his Oyster card and skip the cost of around £11 for the journey. He also dodged paying some of his return fares which cost around £6.
A ticket inspector stopped Kemeny in October 2017. When he examined the history of the lightly-used Oyster card, the inspector realised that the Kemeny had failed to tap out on a regular basis. Following an investigation, Govia, the rail company, calculated that £650 in outstanding fares were owed. Kemeny paid a settlement sum to Govia and reported himself to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. He was fired from his job as a Corporate Solicitor at Morrisons Solicitors.
Kemeny appeared at a hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in December 2018. He said that he was "deeply ashamed" and "remorseful" for his "total lapse in judgment". In mitigation Kemeny stated that "the non-payment was committed at a time of great financial hardship". However, the Tribunal found that he was earning £38,000 a year and, on review of Kemeny's bank accounts concluded that the lawyer "was clearly not short of cash" during the three month period of his fare-dodging.
The tribunal found Kemeny had acted dishonestly, struck him off the roll, and ordered that he pay £3,000 in costs.
Kemeny is not the first lawyer to be busted skipping through a barrier.
Neither Kemeny or Morrisons Solicitors responded to a request for comment.