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Solicitor denies breach of rules

Yvonne Hossack was involved in campaigns to stop the closure of Staffordshire care homes
Yvonne Hossack has tried to stop the closure of care homes in Staffordshire

A solicitor facing a disciplinary panel after campaigning against care home closures, has denied breaching the codes of her profession.

Yvonne Hossack, 53, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, denies breaching rules governing solicitors' conduct.

She told the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal that over her 30-year career, advising 30,000 people, no complaints had been upheld against her.

The tribunal hearing in London was adjourned until Friday.

Earlier Home Secretary and Hull MP Alan Johnson praised Miss Hossack's work.

'Praise for solicitor'

During the hearing in London, Miss Hossack was asked what she would do if there was a conflict between her client's interest and the rules of her profession.

She replied: "It's hypothetical because I don't think it's ever happened.

"But if somebody was falling off a cliff, and they were blind and deaf, I would ignore the rule that says 'keep off the grass', in trying to grab them back."

Miss Hossack is accused of six breaches of rules governing the conduct of solicitors.

This includes allegations that she accepted instructions from third parties without seeking clarification of the position and provided confidential information to third parties.

A number of witnesses have praised Miss Hossack's work, including Mr Johnson, who gave evidence on Tuesday.

Mr Johnson said he backed a campaign by Miss Hossack against the closure of Rokeby House care home in Hull.

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