Members of St Pauls Chambers have represented a number of firms of solicitors and individual partners and other members of staff faced with investigations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Members have extensive experience with solicitors disciplinary tribunal cases.
Chambers barristers have represented several firms of solicitors and individual partners, and other staff members faced with investigations by the SRA. In addition, members have extensive experience with solicitor disciplinary tribunal cases.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) is constituted as an independent, statutory tribunal under section 46 of The Solicitors Act 1974. Accordingly, it is independent of the SRA.
A solicitor (and their firm) can be referred to the SDT by the SRA or an adjudicator for alleged misconduct and a regulatory breach. It is used to adjudicate misconduct allegations carried out by solicitors, registered foreign lawyers and those employed by solicitors.
Advice has been given to major law firms, medium-size practices, and sole practitioners on a range of issues that include acting with integrity, acting in clients’ best interests, and various compliance issues including conflicts of interest, self-reporting, and financial fraud and financial services.
The SRA has undertaken a great deal of activity following a period of relative calm. The activity to be reviewed under investigation by the SRA is in respect of legal financing funds, escrow services for insurance guarantee loan schemes, and high risk investment fraud.
The worst conclusion to come from a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is for a solicitor to be struck off. For a solicitor to be struck off, there must be enough hard evidence gathered under investigation by the SRA to justify a claim. Reasons for striking off a solicitor include, but are not limited to:
The most common cause for a solicitor to be struck off is dishonesty; this almost inevitably always results in being struck off.
While anybody is free to make a direct application to the SDT, most cases are made by the SRA. The SRA’s job is to gather evidence in support of the claim. The Tribunal is presented with this evidence and will reach a decision based on this information. According to the SRA, the Solicitors Disciplinary can make decisions on solicitors, registered European and foreign lawyers, authorised bodies and their managers and employees, and employees of sole practitioners.
There are many different outcomes following a solicitors disciplinary. If SRA legal barristers have gathered enough evidence supporting injustice, the Tribunal can offer a variety of penalties. These penalties are reviewed by the SRA often, and so changes may occur. These penalties are:
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