Respondent not being present at an inquisition 'cannot be fair'
The Law Society today said safeguards proposed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to increase the transparency and accountability of its enforcement processes do not go far enough.
The SRA’s internal fining powers increased from £2,000 to £25,000 in July this year for traditional law firms and solicitors.
Law Society president Lubna Shuja said the increase meant the SRA will decide more cases of alleged misconduct in-house, instead of referring them to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
“There needs to be a clearer functional separation of the roles of investigators and adjudicators to maintain the confidence of the profession and the public. Adjudicators, as decision makers, n...