Friday, 17 February 2012

Client writes letter 'from' law firm

I had an interesting situation recently.  An ex-client wrote a letter of demand to her ex-partner, but wrote it from us.  She created a letterhead, and put our name at the bottom.

Needless to say, the police have become involved.  The letter makes serious allegations, and includes a little bit of blackmail.  Also needless to say, we will not be acting for her in the future.

Just a bit of a comfort:

Dishonesty offence:  10 years for a basic offence, 15, for aggravated. (max)
Blackmail:  15 years maximum.
The 'client' may be facing charges totalling up to 25 years in prison.  The lesson?  When a lawyer tells you he won't write a letter for you, maybe there is a good reason for it?

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