A recent ruling by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has reprimanded a Solicitor for making “offensive and derogatory” comments to his opponent, including calling him a “plonker”.
To provide a little background, in 2012 the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) received a file of documents from a firm called D & Co Solicitors enclosing evidence of abuse comments made by Richard Barca, a Solicitor of Wilson Barca LLP with almost 30 years’ experience in the field.
Mr Barca’s tone started off mildly:-
“We enclose herewith a further copy of our letter of the 27th April, so that you can consider actually replying to it, as solicitors who comply with the normal English standards of conduct would do as a matter of course.”
He then went on further to say:
“Could you for once make an effort to behave like a normal person instead of a complete plonker?”
Mr Barca was warned that his opponent would report him to the SRA if his conduct continued. An exchange of correspondence followed before D & Co Solicitors sent a letter to Mr Barca stating the following:-