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The SRA’s intervention process is not infallible

The regulator must have its affairs in order before falsely accusing solicitors of wrongdoing, writes Susanna Heley

15 December 2015

Intervention is the most draconian of all the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) powers. Since it basically involves the SRA showing up with a van to close the firm and taking control of its funds and files, leaving devastation and frequently financial ruin in its wake, it is a power that ought to be used sparingly and only when necessary in the circumstances. 

Given the dramatic consequences of an intervention, one has to feel sorry for Mr Kashif Sultan, who was included as a subject of an SRA intervention into the firm LG Law Chambers on 30 October, only for the SRA to later discover that he was not actually connected to the firm at all. The SRA took the unusual step of publishing a further decision amending its earlier decision to remove reference to Sultan.

The findings on which the decision was based included specific findings that Sultan had acted in breach of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 and the SRA Principles 2011. Anyone searching Sultan&rsquo...

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