Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) & Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT)

Our specialist lawyers have experience of defending solicitors under investigation by the SRA and facing hearings before the SDT. If you are under investigation or have been referred to a hearing you should seek specialist advice to protect your practice. To discuss your case with a member of our team, in confidence, call 0203 816 9274.

Stephensons is recommended by the Legal 500 for professional disciplinary work. We are a national law firm with a network of offices, including London and Manchester, allowing us to act for clients nationwide. We appreciate the needs and anxieties of professional clients at risk of losing their professional status and their livelihood. We recognise the need for urgent, specialist advice from lawyers with experience of defending similar cases. 

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Our experience

We have experience of acting at all stages of proceedings and can assist you with the following:

  • Responding to requests for explanation of conduct
  • Advising on outcomes of investigations
  • Negotiating regulatory settlement agreements
  • Preparing responses to rule 5 statements
  • Defending cases before the SDT
  • Applications for restoration to the roll

If you are referred to the SDT this can have serious implications, both professionally and financially. Where allegations are proven, the tribunal has a wide range of sanctions available, including the imposition of conditions on practising certificates, suspension from practice and order striking a solicitor off the roll. The tribunal also has the power to impose fines and orders for costs against solicitors. 

Investigations by the SRA which do not result in a referral to the tribunal can have a number of other regulatory outcomes. These include the issuing of warnings and rebukes, the imposition of fines and the imposition of conditions on a solicitor’s practising certificate. Many of these regulatory decisions carry a right of appeal to the SDT. If you have been subject to one of these decisions by the SRA you should seek specialist advice regarding any right of appeal which may be available to you.

To discuss your case, in confidence, with one of our specialist professional disciplinary lawyers, please call 0203 816 9274. Alternatively please complete our enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you as a matter of urgency. 

We're widely accredited for our work - regulatory & criminal justice

  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our regulatory and criminal justice team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

Memberships & accreditations

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It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.

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I was kept up to date at every junction. My case is now closed with no restrictions to my practice. Thank you to Carl and his team especially Laura who worked so diligently on my case! They acted professional at all times. I highly recommend this company.
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As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.