Russell-Cooke represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in an important Administrative Court appeal against the level of penalty imposed on three solicitors by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
The proceedings at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal had been brought by Peter Cadman, Partner, in the Firm's Regulation Department, on behalf of the SRA against a number of solicitors. There had been a series of separate trials at the Tribunal at the end of which Mr Alagoa and Mr Emeana were fined and Mr Ijewere was suspended for a period of 6 months. Edward Levey of Fountain Court represented the SRA in the final Tribunal hearing instructed by Russell-Cooke.
Subsequently the SRA took the unusual step of appealing against the level of penalty and argued that the proper penalty would be to suspend or strike-off the solicitors. The Administrative Court heard arguments on 8 May 2013 and handed down their Judgment on 18 July 2013  EWHC 2130 (Admin). The Court ruled that the penalty was unduly lenient and that the correct penalty was that all three Respondents should be struck-off the Roll of Solicitors. Edward Levey of Fountain Court again represented the SRA at the appeal with Peter Cadman from Russell-Cooke.
Peter Cadman stated "this is an important decision confirming that even without a finding of dishonesty, striking solicitors off the Roll of Solicitors can be appropriate to protect the reputation of the solicitors' profession that otherwise would have been seriously undermined."
The case has been covered in The Law Society Gazette.