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Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT)


What is the SDT?


As a statutory tribunal the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) exists to protect the public and the reputation of solicitors by adjudicating on allegations of breaches in practice. It is the SDT moral obligation to preserve the integrity of the profession, whilst promoting honesty and trust.


The Tribunal is made up a select group of people who are appointed by The Master of Rolls. Approximately 75% of current members are solicitors in their own right, whilst the rest is made up of lay people to represent different professional backgrounds and the general public.


What can the SDT do if there is an allegation of wrong-doing?


As a solicitor you will be aware of the rate at which changes occur in individual areas of law. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal usually takes on cases which have come through the Solicitors Regulation Authority, but there are steps in place when the applications refer solely to the Law Society for anyone to make a claim against a solicitor directly to the SDT.


When the Solicitors Regulation Authority presents a case against a solicitor in front of the SDT, you as the solicitor are entitled to representation. Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors are well versed in the rules and regulations followed by the SDT, meaning we can deliver expert advice at every stage of the proceedings.


The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has the authority to deliver certain orders against you if the allegations against you are found to be true. They range in severity:


  • Excluding you from Legal Aid cases
  • Imposing fines
  • Payment of costs
  • Removing your name from the Roll
  • Suspending your practice


How can Duncan Lewis help me if the SDT brings proceedings against me?


Duncan Lewis’ Regulatory Fitness to Practice department has experience in professional regulator matters such as this. We can prepare and present an appeal on your behalf and can advise on applying for an order to be levied.


We aim to deliver you the best possible result whilst supporting you through what can be a stress-inducing process.


If you are a solicitor who has any professional regulatory queries relating to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, or you require representation for case made against you, then call Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors on 0333 772 0409.


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