A solicitor has admitted sending a string of inappropriate emails to an unrepresented party involved in divorce proceedings with his client.Stefano Enrico Mario Lucatello, who practised as a member of south west London firm Kobalt Law, accused the woman (identified as Ms VG) of being a ‘vexatious litigant’ and told her to ‘stop playing at being a lawyer’ in emails sent from March 2014 to July 2015.In one exchange involving four emails in a day, Lucatello said the litigant had ‘argued with [the judge] in court like a fisherwoman’.The 56-year-old, who qualified as a solicitor in 1988, was retained by Mr AV, an Italian citizen, in matrimonial proceedings against his former wife over contact with their child and payment of maintenance.In an agreed outcome made with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Lucatello admitted failing to display proper professional respect and courtesy to the ex-wife, who was a litigant in person.At one stage he threatened to have her arrested and accused her of lying to an Italian court. In another email, he said: ‘Please answer the questions and don’t try to be clever. You fail miserably.’Following a complaint to the SRA, Lucatello was asked to comment on the allegation that he had made comments which were offensive and threatening.The solicitor said his comments were not made in isolation but were the result of the substantial action required to be taken against a person who had taken advantage of her position as an unrepresented person.He said the comments were ‘reasonable, fair, polite, but firm’ and followed accusations from her that he was a bully and a stalker. He added: ‘I have as an officer of the court highlighted to the courts, at all times, what my opponent’s agenda was and what she was striving to achieve.’The SRA told the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal that the facts and proposed penalty had been agreed with Lucatello, after he had received professional advice and fully admitted the allegation against him.There was also no evidence that the conduct had been prejudicial to Ms VG. When read in full it was clear from the correspondence that what Ms VG had said was also inappropriate.In a judgment published this week, the tribunal said the correspondence was ‘completely unacceptable’ and it was the solicitor’s responsibility to maintain his professionalism regardless of what the litigant in person may have done.His misconduct, following a long and previously unblemished career, was unprofessional and continued for more than a year.The tribunal agreed to Lucatello paying a £5,000 fine and £2,500 costs.
Related TopicsCavs Matt Medley Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers will return to Cleveland at approximately 11:30 AM on Monday morning. Their plane will fly into Atlantic Aviation (6200 Riverside Dr., Cleveland, OH 44135) across from the IX Center. Media is welcome to cover the team’s arrival and fans can attend as well, as parking and space allows around the IX Center. LeBron said he can’t wait to see all the fans waiting for him and the team when they arrive.”I can’t wait to get off that plane, hold that trophy up & see all our fans” – @KingJames https://t.co/gSAud4gxYQ— FOX Sports: Hoops (@HoopsonFOX) June 20, 2016
LAS VEGAS — The third time was not so charming for the Utah basketball team.After beating UNLV twice during the regular season, the Utes had no answer for a determined Rebel squad and lost 73-61 in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament Friday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.The defeat brought Utah’s topsy-turvy season to a merciful close as the Utes finished with a 14-17 record, only their third losing season in the past 20 years and the first since going 11-19 in 2006-07.UNLV, considered a lock for the NCAA tournament despite the two earlier losses to the Utes, improved to 24-7 on the season and will play BYU tonight in the semifinals at 9:30 p.m. MST.The Utes were trying to become the sixth straight No. 6 seed to win in the first round of the MWC tourney, but after pulling within one point early in the second half, they watched the Rebels went on a 32-13 run to put the game away.Tre’Von WIllis and Anthony Marshall led a balanced UNLV scoring attack with 13 points, while Chace Stanback had 10.For the Utes, Carlon Brown led the way with 12 points, while Luka Drca scored 11.After pulling within four points with a late rally in the first half, the Utes came out and quickly cut the margin to one on a three-point play by Brown. But the Rebels ran off 10 straight points to push the lead to 41-30 with 16:23 left and the rout was on.The UNLV lead got as high as 21 points at 66-45, before the Ute reserves cut the lead in the final minutes.The first half was similar to numerous Ute games this season as they fell behind by double digits only to rally and make a game of it when they looked dead and buried.The Utes overcame a couple of 13-point first-half deficits to pull within four at 29-25 at halftime, despite shooting just 30 percent from the field.David Foster, who sprained his ankle eight days earlier in a game against BYU, was deemed healthy enough to start, but less than three minutes into the game he fell to the court and limped off and into the locker room for treatment. He returned a few minutes later and promptly made four points to tie the game at 8.That’s when the Rebels went on a 10-0 run in less than three minutes as the pro-UNLV crowd started their “Re-bels, Re-bels” chant. A 3-pointer by Willis made it 21-8 before the Utes broke a six-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer by Brown.Then in the last three minutes of the half, the Utes scored nine straight points on threes by Drca, Marshall Henderson and Chris Hines to cut the lead to 28-25 before Anthony Marshall sank a late free throw.GAME NOTES: UNLV’s win tied the all-time series with the Utes at 22-22 … Luka Drca had a tough night in his final game for the Utes with six turnovers … The Utes had lost four straight tournament games to the Rebels in the Thomas & Mack Center, including a 61-55 loss two years in the semifinals. The Utes had beaten the Rebels twice in the MWC Tournament when it was held in Denver in 2004 and 2005. Kim Tillie, who sprained his ankle in practice a week ago, was able to play in the game and had three points and three rebounds in his final game as a Ute … Foster had six points and five rebounds in 19 minutes … Every Ute player who suited up, played, except Jordan Cyphers, who didn’t play for the 12th straight game … Since losing to Utah on Feb. 17, the Rebels had reeled off four straight victories by an average margin of 75-51 … Earlier this year, the Utes beat the Rebels 73-69 in Las Vegas and 66-61 in Salt Lake City.Today’s MWC scheduleNo. 1 New Mexico vs. No. 4 San Diego St., 7 p.m.No. 2 BYU vs. No. 3 UNLV, 9:30 p.m.More hoop inside Utah, BYU women look to stay alive in MWC tournament, D2 Aggies beat Boise State, face Bulldogs in WAC semifinals, D4e-mail: [email protected]