One of the few new entries into the SRA code was not to waste the court’s time, says Susanna Heley
On 25 November 2019, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) introduced a specific requirement of conduct on solicitors not to waste court’s time.
This is standard 2.6 of the SRA Code of Conduct for Individual Solicitors, registered European lawyers (RELs) and registered foreign lawyers (RFLs).
The reason behind the introduction of this requirement was the longstanding concern about unmeritorious applications in immigration cases.
This had led to the development of the so-called Hamid procedure in which the immigration courts (initially the administrative court and later the first-tier tribunal) could require a claimant solicitor to appear before a divisional court to explain their conduct in issuing unmeritorio...
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