The SRA instructed Russell-Cooke to prosecute Ghazala Sarwar for holding herself out to be a Solicitor when she was not qualified and also for forging Law Society documents (to ensure that she gained employment as a Solicitor with a company in the North West of England).
The prosecution was the first one to be brought by the SRA prosecuting an individual to protect the public and the profession under the Fraud Act 2006.
The matter was heard at Manchester Crown Court (Minshull Street) and Ms Sarwar pleaded guilty to breach of Section 1 Fraud Act 2006 where she admitted fraud by false representations by handing over to her employers forged documents that purported to be letters of admission and an admission certificate from the Law Society. The Judge noted that the public, and employers, need to be protected from people such as the defendant.
Ms Sarwar was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment suspended for 24 months and was also tagged electronically for a period of 4 months.
Matt Bosworth, partner in the Regulation department, led the prosecution and was assisted by Amy Rudolph.