News release

Solicitor struck off for child pornography offences

A solicitor convicted of child pornography offences has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in a case brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

James-Guy Jacobs, of Pinner, Middlesex was convicted of ten counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of a child, five counts of taking indecent photographs and one count of possessing an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child. He was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court in November, 2012 to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years.

On Monday, 11 February, the SDT found that he had failed to uphold the rule of law, acted without integrity and acted in a way which was likely to diminish the trust which the public has in the profession. The Tribunal noted that Mr Jacobs had committed serious sexual offences involving children and that although he now showed remorse, he had been oblivious to the effect of his behaviour on the children who were the subject of the photographs.

Mr Jacobs told the tribunal he had been under a great deal of stress, both at home and at work and it was an error of otherwise good judgement. As well as being struck off, he was ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

Jennifer Johnson, SRA Head of Legal and Enforcement, said: "Any solicitor convicted of sexual offences involving children can expect to be dealt with severely. The public needs to be able to trust solicitors and all those who provide legal services.”

Mr Jacobs has 21 days from the publication of the judgement by the SDT to appeal.

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