I am surprised that this needs to be restated! It has long been the position that anyone signing a statement of truth can be held in contempt if the contents of that document are later to be found to be false. That position does not change if the person signing the statement of truth is a solicitor signing on behalf of a client.
It is regrettable that some clients and lawyers will sign statements of truth without fully considering the contents of the document, or the consequences if the contents are later found to be untrue.
I do not sign statements of truth on behalf of clients.
We act on clients' instructions, but it is not always possible to independently verify those instructions. A client may be mistaken, or have forgotten something in extreme cases being elaborate with the truth. As a third party, how could you ever verify a statement of truth in those circumstances?
Proper practice should therefore dictate that the person responsible for the claim should be verifying the contents of that document.
Solicitors “at risk of contempt finding” by signing statement of truth in bogus claims, judge warns The High Court has raised the prospect of solicitors who sign statements of truth on behalf of fraudulent clients being held in contempt of court.