Susan Humble considers the challenge faced by disciplinary boards in balancing the interests of a diverse public against those of the profession’s ‘rotten apples’

The words ‘proportionate’ and ‘proportionality’ are key ingredients in sanctions guidance.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) states: "[The Tribunal’s] focus is to establish the seriousness of the misconduct and, from that, to determine a fair and proportionate sanction."

The Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Services (BTAS) says: "The guidance provides decision makers with a basis for considering what sanctions are appropriate in any given case and is intended to promote proportionality, consistency and transparency in sanctions."

CILEx Regulation states: "This document is intended to promote proportionality, consistency and transparency in decision-making.&quo...

Susan Humble
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