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Enforcement Determination Notices and Adjudication Panel Findings

Findings of the Adjudication Panel

Below are current findings. Unless otherwise directed by the Adjudication Panel, any disciplinary determination made against an individual or firm, will remain listed on the CLC website for the duration of any suspension, disqualification, or other sanction, subject to a minimum of 2 years from the date of publication

Respondent

Allegations

Date of Finding

Hearing Outcome

Decision Document

Stuart Forsdike

Kate Forsdike

PCS Legal 

Breaches of the Code of Conduct, Complaints Code, Accounts Code

25 November 2022

Allegations were admitted by the respondents and the followig sanctions applied: 
Reprimand in each case
Fines of £5,000 each against Stuart Forsdike and Kate Forsdike
Fine of £23,000 against PCS Legal

Philip Harris

Breaches of the Code of Conduct and the Accounts Code

3 November 2022

Disqualification for four years

(1) Mellen & Co
(2) June Mellen

Breaches of the Code of Conduct, Recognised Body Code, Continuing Professional Development Code, Professional Indemnity Insurance Code

14 October 2022

(1) Mellen & Co: A reprimand and a fine of £10,000
(2) June Mellen: A reprimand and a fine of £5,000
(1) John Wells
(2) Rachael Mitchell
(3) Roberts Rose Partnership Limited
Breaches of the Code of Conduct
Breaches of the Accounts Code

30 March 2022

Mr Wells:12 months disqualification from 28 January 2022 and costs of £10,000
Ms Mitchell: Condition placed on licence and costs of £7,000
Roberts Rose Partnership Limited: No sanction because it is no longer regulated by the CLC

1. Hobson & Latham Limited
2. Stephen McDonagh
3. Janette Sweetman

Breaches of the CLC's Code of Conduct

21 January 2022

Hobson & Latham: Fine of £30,000 and Costs of £20,000
Stephen McDonagh: Fine of £10,000
Janette Sweetman: Reprimand

Jonathan Mounteney

Breaches of the CLC's Code of Conduct and the Notification Code

23 November 2021

Fine: £10,000
Costs: 70% of CLC's costs and costs of proceedings

Claire Williams/
Residential Property Lawyers

Breaches of the CLC’s Accounts Code and the CLC’s Code of Conduct

28 July 2021

Disqualification for ten years
Costs: £51,138.09

Ravinder Dhunna

Breaches of the Code of Conduct

14 May 2021

Disqualification for three years and six months
Costs of £7,000

Josephine Filler

Breaches of the CLC’s Code of Conduct

23 February 2021

Reprimand
Fine: £1000
Costs: £4000

Carol Hill

Breaches of the CLC Accounts Code

15 June 2020

15 June 2020

10 Year disqualification
Costs: £1,080

Ravinder Dhunna

Breaches of the CLC Accounts Code

5 June 2020

3 months’ disqualification

Costs: £1,220

Joanne Hewitt

Breaches of the CLC Accounts Code

12 August 2019

3 year disqualification

Costs: £3,000

Stephen Cox

Criminal conviction

4 August 2017

Permanent Disqualification

Costs: None

Simon Alexander Brooks

Criminal conviction

26 January 2017

Permanent Disqualification

Costs: £4,480

Enforcement Determination Notices

Enforcement Determination Notices (EDNs) record enforcement decisions made by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) in respect of licensed bodies (Alternative Business Structures) and/or and their regulated role holders, owners and employees, in relation to breaches to the CLC’s Codes they have committed. EDNs are not settled by the independent Adjudication Panel but are issued by the CLC following careful consideration of an entity or an individual’s representations in relation to misconduct.

Regulated entity

Code breaches

Date of enforcement notice and penalty

Read enforcement notice

Germaine Spence
Breaches of the Code of Conduct
6th January 2023

Disqualification from employment in a CLC-regulated entity: 5 years

Financial Penalty: £3,300

HB Property Legal Ltd
(also trading as JP Goldman)

Breaches of the CLC’s Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting Terrorist Financing Code and the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (as amended)

24th November 2021

Financial Penalty: £1,187.50

You can read the CLC’s Regulation and Enforcement Policy  (including clauses on the publication of determinations) here