||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 19 (Sep)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Hallett LJ, Leveson and Simon JJ
||John Carmichael (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant
|| Angus Gloag (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the co-defendant
||John Butterfield (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||6 September 2006
Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Solicitor and estate agent transferring property at substantial undervalue - Solicitor failing to disclose knowledge or suspicion of money laundering - Whether sentence manifestly excessive - , ss 330, 328(1), and 329(1).
In a case where the defendant, a solicitor, and his co-defendant, an estate agent, were convicted of offences pursuant to the by transferring legal title to a property at a substantial undervalue, it was held that the sentences of 15 months' imprisonment and 3 years' imprisonment, respectively were manifestly excessive in the light of the fact that the offences had been a one-off, and in the case of the defendant, had involved a lapse of the high standard expected of a solicitor rather than a desire to engage in criminal activity.
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