"Gregory Treverton-Jones QC and Nigel West recently called for a return to simpler times, when disciplinary allegations against solicitors were just that, a solicitor's conduct was unbefitting and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal decided what best to do. They feel that nobody much understands the difference between dishonesty and a lack of integrity, that there is judicial confusion, and paradoxical penalties are the result. A lack of integrity should, they argued, no longer be alleged against solicitors. Notwithstanding the undoubted experience and expertise of the authors, I must respectfully but fundamentally disagree.
"The statutory basis for allegations to the SDT is that they are a complaint made by virtue of any provision of the Solicitors Act 1974, which would appear to require allegations to relate to breaches of rules made as delegated legislation such as the SRA Principles 2011."
John Gould appears in The Law Society Gazette discussing disciplinary concepts for solicitors.
A disciplinary concept that still has value is available to read on 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.