Solicitor struck off for child pornography offences

Middlesex-based property partner James-Guy Jacobs has been struck off the solicitors roll and ordered to pay costs of £1,500 following a conviction for child pornography offences at Harrow Crown Court in November 2012.

Jacobs 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 to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years.

Jacobs is married and lives in Pinner. He was a partner at Healys at the time the offences and left in May 2013. He then moved to Fletcher Day as a consultant, where he was when the SRA decided to prosecute.

In a case brought by the SRA at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) on Monday (11 February), Jacobs was found to have failed to uphold the rule of law, acted without integrity and in a way which was likely to diminish public trust in the profession.

The SDT noted that despite showing remorse after the event, Jacobs had been oblivious to the effect his behavior had on the children in the photographs.

The tribunal heard that Jacobs had been under a great deal of stress, both at home and at work, and that the events in question were an error of otherwise good judgement.

SRA head of legal and enforcement Jennifer Johnson 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.”

Jacobs has 21 days from the publication of the judgement by the SDT to appeal the decision. It usually takes seven to 10 days from the day of the hearing for a judgment to be written and published.