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Misconduct solicitor struck off
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Nicholas McCormick was struck off for professional misconduct
A Newton Stewart solicitor has been struck off after being found guilty of 15 counts of professional misconduct.

Nicholas McCormick, 47, who traded out of offices at 28 Victoria Street, was found guilty by a Law Society discipline tribunal.

It found that he had breached a catalogue of rules and ignored complaints made against him by clients.

Most of the complaints arose within the last three years although some dated back to the 1990s.

The complaints involved persistently failing to communicate with clients and failing to reply to correspondence from the Law Society when it tried to investigate their complaints.

Some concerned the administration of property conveyancing in which he had failed to register deeds or provide clients with proper accounting, breaching the terms of the Solicitors' Fund Rules.

Other complaints concerned the administration of estates of clients who had died.

Excessive fee

He failed to wind up one estate for seven-and-a-half years.

He was also found guilty of charging one client an excessive fee and not refunding it.

McCormick first appeared before a solicitors' discipline tribunal in September 2004 when he was told to put his house in order.

However, subsequent inspections proved he had failed to do so.

Now - after his last tribunal appearance on 11 January - he has been struck off by the Law Society.

It was accepted that no dishonesty was involved but his persistent pattern of behaviour over a number of years meant he was no longer fit to practice as a solicitor.

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