On 12 December 2018, Kevin Manning, a Jersey Solicitor, was sentenced to 3½ years in prison, having admitted a number of criminal charges associated with the operation of his legal practice.
Mr Manning’s suspension from practice and the appointment of a receiver for the business assets of K R Manning & Co in December 2014 following an investigation by the Law Society and the identification of deficiencies in the operation of the firm’s client accounts, Kevin Manning was today sent to prison for 3½ years, after admitting a number of fraudulent conversion and money laundering charges.
Law Society Chief Executive Officer, Neville Benbow, said:
“The issues with Mr Manning’s practice and, significantly, a potential shortfall in client funds which had been entrusted to Mr Manning, were identified by the Law Society of Jersey and immediately referred to the Solicitor General, following which Mr Manning was suspended from practice and a receiver for his business assets was appointed.”
Mr Benbow added:
“As noted by the Royal Court, the legal profession has created a fund to ensure that any individual who has suffered loss in relation to funds held on a client account as a result of dishonesty on the part of Mr Manning will be able to make a claim against the Client Protection Fund established by the Law Society and funded by its members. Applications from individuals who have suffered such a loss (or their legal representatives) can now be made to the Law Society. Contact should be made, in the first instance, with the Chief Executive Officer, Neville Benbow at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01534 734826.”