HC Deb 04 July 1932 vol 268 cc22-3

asked the Attorney-General if he will inquire of the Law Society whether they are by internal regulation taking action to protect the public against loss as a result of fraud by solicitors convicted in the criminal courts, or whether they propose to introduce a Bill, based upon the two private Bills which were before the House in the last Parliament, designed for this purpose?

52. Lord SCONE

asked the Attorney-General if his attention has been drawn to the recent bankruptcy of a fraudulent solicitor, sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, in which the liabilities were £85,351 and the assets £1,567; if he will inquire of the Law Society whether they are applying to Parliament for powers for the future protection of the public in similar cases or, alternatively, whether he will take the necessary steps to impose upon the Law Society responsibility for the protection of clients against fraudulent solicitors?

The ATTORNEY - GENERAL (Sir Thomas Inskip)

My attention has been called to the case referred to by my Noble Friend the Member for Perth (Lord Scone) and in reply to his question and to the question by my hon. Friend the Member for Portsmouth North (Sir B. Falle), I am informed that it is the intention of the Law Society to introduce legislation dealing with this subject.