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Once broken, the foundations of the solicitor-client relationship are difficult to forgive

Strike off might be a draconian punishment, but it is there for the good of solicitors and society, writes Kevin Poulter

9 October 2015

What professional standards are expected of solicitors in the digital age? This is one of the questions the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has been asking as part of its ‘A Question of Trust’ consultation. As well as engaging with the profession, public consultations are taking place around the country and this is, in part, what has taken the SRA's roadshow around the political party conferences over the past few weeks.

As part of this tour of the geopolitical landscape, I was invited by the SRA to the Conservative party's annual shindig in Manchester to chair a panel discussion and get to the heart of what the public – albeit the committed Conservative wing of the public – think about solicitors, the legal profession, and what appropriate punishments should be for our colleagues who don’t live up to the standards required.

I was joined on the panel by Enid Rowlands, the lay chair of the SRA, and two former solicitors: the...

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