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We previously reported on the criminal conviction of an employee for taking client data without permission (here). The former paralegal has been barred from the legal profession having already been fined £300 for illegally taking client information.

James Pickles, who worked as a paralegal at Jordans Solicitors in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, was prosecuted last September for taking information about more than 100 people before leaving for a rival firm in 2013. He was fined £300.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority last week took the decision that it is ‘undesirable’ for him to work in the legal profession given the conviction.

His prosecution prompted the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to warn employees that taking personal information of their employer when changing jobs is a criminal offence.


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