Five years ago, I needed an opinion from an advocate on a merger between my business and another company. Based on my advocate’s advice, I pulled out of the deal. Soon after, I found out that another company (of which the advocate was a director) had taken the place of my business in the merger.
I felt the advocate may have hidden his personal interest from me - and used information he gained while acting on my behalf - for his own benefit.
I would have complained about it at the time, but I didn’t know the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission dealt with complaints about advocates.
The SLCC said:
Nisha’s complaint wasn’t made within the time limit, as the problem happened more than three years ago. We don’t make an exception simply because the person making the complaint didn’t know about the SLCC or our role. However, because we considered the allegation against the advocate was so serious, we decided Nisha’s complaint should not be time-barred.