A mortician from Southend has been told that he will be struck off permanently after a tribunal concluded that he had been involved in an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with a client. 

Michael Stiff, 35, was originally suspended in October from his position at Underlevel and Box Funeral Directors in Fairfax Drive, and he was dismissed shortly after the verdict was delivered today. 

Mr Stiff has launched an appeal, with his solicitor stating that he believed her to simply be ‘aloof.’ An appeal hearing has been scheduled for March 2017.