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Fitness to Practise – The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

The increasing amount of regulation facing all professions has led to a rise in the number of disciplinary hearings being held. The conduct of these hearings is governed by an evolving body of law that is often highly complex, requiring specialist knowledge to fully comprehend.

Anyone required to attend any kind of professional disciplinary panel will benefit greatly from the guidance of a lawyer with expertise in this area.

Defend your Rights

We have experience of dealing with a wide variety of regulators, with a wealth of experience defending clients at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. With our support, the prospect of you reaching a favourable outcome will be significantly increased.

From the initial investigation through to drafting witness statements and representing you at the actual tribunal, we’ll ensure you receive a fair hearing and present the best possible case for your defence.

Protect your Reputation

If you’re a solicitor, accountant or financial professional, your professional reputation is everything. So when your conduct comes under investigation, you need specialist legal advice without delay. By taking advantage of our services, you’ll increase your prospects of resuming your career without any damage to your professional standing.

Responding to a Legal Grievance

As a Solicitor regulated by the SRA, you will carry out your work under the agreed code of practice or code of conduct. When a complaint or disapproving comment calls your professionalism into question, the matter will be investigated further.

There are four stages of the inquiry that can benefit from our expertise:

  1. The investigation, where you have the opportunity to explain what has happened, usually in writing. Our experience includes successfully concluding numerous matters at this stage.
  2. The investigating committee, which meets to assess the evidence and decide whether to pursue the case. If they do, you will be asked to attend a hearing. We have influenced these committees into accepting there is no case to answer.
  3. The Solicitors Regulation Authority, which will make the disciplinary decision (typically a rebuke or fine) or a regulatory settlement agreement (an agreed outcome). We have experience and expertise in negotiating these.
  4. The prosecution before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal , which has the authority to impose more serious sanctions (larger fines or removal from the profession).

Expert support for Legal Professionals

By defending your interests, we aim to persuade the SRA not to prosecute. If a disciplinary measure is handed out, we assist you in mitigating any sanction to minimise the harm it does to your career and your reputation.

We have a former Attorney General Panel Counsel advocate within our team, with experience of taking cases up to the Court of Appeal. In addition, our exhaustive experience of attending and influencing forensic investigation visits conducted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) enables us to put forward the strongest viable case in the most effective way possible.

Paul Bennett

Partner & Specialist in Professional Practices
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01743 453685

Mark Briegal

Partner & Specialist in Professional Practices
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01244 405565

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