Graham Reid unpicks the reasoning behind the SDT’s decision to issue reportedly its highest ever fine, and looks at the lessons to be learned by other firms

When a law firm is fined £250,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for conflicts and confidentiality breaches, this should be taken as a warning to others.

There were two respondents to the SDT’s decision dated 7 August 2017: White & Case LLP, the London office of the international law firms of that name, and Mr Goldberg, one of its partners. Both admitted the allegations.

The facts behind the decision are complex and best understood by first reading the decision of Mr Justice Field in Georgian American Alloys v White & Case LLP [2014] EWHC 94, followed by the SDT decision (case no. 11592-2016).

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