AN ALCOHOLIC solicitor who racked up nine criminal convictions in a two-and-a-half year period has escaped being struck off from the profession.
Colin MacLeod, 55, of Cumbernauld pled guilty to professional misconduct in front of the Scottish Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for engaging in a course of criminal conduct between June 2009 and January 2012.
He has convictions for drink-driving, breach of the peace and assault.
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But despite his criminal record, legal watchdogs have refused to stop him from practising as a brief again.
Instead, they have ordered him to spend the next five years working in a limited capacity in any solicitors' firm that may employ him, supervised by senior lawyers.
The tribunal heard that Mr MacLeod committed a number of crimes while battling alcohol addiction.