She studied at Liverpool Law School before joining the 200-year-old Wakefield firm of Dixon, Coles and Gill in 1971.It emerged in court that more than £3 million had been spent using American Express cards in her name and in those of her sons as well as on a Harrods card.
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Because, for all her kindly demeanour and seeming modest attire, 68-year-old Linda Box has today been branded Britain’s most ruthless grandmother after abusing her position as a former member of the Law Society to siphon more than £4 million from grieving families.
The money would be transferred into her legal firm’s client account and then paid to beneficiaries set out in the will – or so the theory went.
’Jailed for seven years, struck off the professional register, branded ‘evil’ by her victims, she now awaits a hearing to confiscate the proceeds of her crime.
Yet only she can say quite how or why she succumbed to temptation in such spectacular fashion.
Alongside this legal work, she held the prestigious post of Chancellor for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, and later acted as legal adviser to the Bishop of Wakefield until 2005.