The acid test

Regulatory fallout is a given right now but high standards are still expected, says Susanna Heley 

08 Jun 2020

The world will be feeling the effects of covid-19 and the steps taken to combat it for a long time. The legal profession has already had to make difficult decisions about staffing, pay and conditions to ensure effective financial management and the future survival of firms.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (STD) has adjourned a number of hearings and switched others to video hearings having closed its London premises for the protection of staff and visitors. Those who have had to rearrange their lives to work from home as much as possible and to become familiar with fully remote hearings are seeing the immediate effects of the crisis. 

But it’s likely that the SDT will also be a witness to longer term effects o...

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