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Referred to the SDT: Fieldfisher partner pursued by SRA after criminal conviction

Fieldfisher partner Michael Harte has been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) which alleges he broke multiple aspects of the SRA Principles 2011.

Harte, who pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis after a driving incident in September 2013, is being accused by the SRA of failing to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice, not acting with integrity or behaving in a way that maintains the trust the public places in you and in the provision of legal services.

He will appear before the SDT which will consider the SRA’s case and allow Harte to give evidence in his defence.

Harte joined Fieldfisher as a partner in November 2011 from Olswang, where he had been a consultant, and having previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He joined the commercial IP group with an eye to building the firm’s sport, media and retail offering and is also a registered lawyer under the FA Football Agents Regulations.

Fieldfisher said in a statement: ‘The firm is aware of Michael Harte’s forthcoming hearing before the SDT. We will not be commenting on it as this is a personal matter and is still in the hearings process.’