The causes of conduct that leads to regulatory action are often more informative than the conduct itself, Susanna Heley explains 

Solicitors must ensure they are aware of their legal, ethical and regulatory Regulation Authority (SRA) Code of Conduct for Individuals.

That effectively requires all solicitors to maintain a general awareness of developments in professional regulation. One frequent source of useful lessons is the published decisions of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).

Unless specifically directed not to be published, all the judgments are published on the SDT website and are freely available in accordance with the SDT’s publication policy. Many are picked up as brief news items on other sites.

For solicitors, considering and understanding key decisions taken by the SDT is one way to understand the approach adopted by t...

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