There's no doubting the impeccable legal logic of Flaux LJ in SRA v James, Macgregor and Taylor ( EWHC 3058 (Admin)) and the great care with which those particular decisions were reached. The decisions do, nevertheless, raise the question of whether the law's approach to cases involving dishonesty on the part of solicitors is right, not only for justice to be seen to be done to individuals but also for the broader public interest.
John Gould appears in The Law Society Gazette discussing the SRA appeal in three cases against the failure of the SDT to strike off the three solicitors who had been found to have behaved dishonestly.
SDT should take an integrity-based approach is available to read from The Law Society Gazette website.
John is Senior Partner of Russell-Cooke. John's area of particular expertise is regulation and public law. He specialises in the analysis and solution of complex regulatory problems, advising regulators, government departments, law enforcement agencies, charities and statutory and professional bodies.