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

Our specialist lawyers have experience of advising solicitors under investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and defending solicitors at hearings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. 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.

loading staff

If you are referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal 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 Solicitors Regulatory Authority 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 Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Our experience

We have experience of advising and defending solicitors facing the full range of allegations, including:

  • Forensic investigations;
  • Breaches of the SRA Accounts Rules;
  • Practice management issues;
  • Misconduct during the course of litigation;
  • Conflicts of interest;
  • Failing to act in the best interests of clients;
  • Misleading statements;
  • Dishonesty

We can assist you at all stages of your case and our experience includes the following matters:

  • Responding to requests for explanations 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

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

9.0 out of 10
Trustpilot logo5-stars on trustpilot Based on count 392

We're Great

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.

Our Trustpilot reviews

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.
View from a professional discipline client

Houses of multiple occupancy - changes to mandatory licensing

On 1 October 2018, new regulations relating to the housing of multiple occupancy (HMO) will come into force. For landlords, this could mean that your property could fall under the new mandatory rules and require a HMO licence. The current position ...

Read more

Regulatory Twitter Block

Family team at Stephensons appoints two new solicitors

Stephensons has appointed two new solicitors to its family law  team as the firm continues to see growing demand for its specialist services.   Nicola Clayton joins the firm’s Wigan office. Having qualified as a solicitor in...

Read more

staff reorder - professional discipline

  • Carl Johnson
  • Sean Joyce
  • ​Alison Marriott
  • Francesca Snape
  • Laura Hannah
  • Paul Loughlin​
  • Neal Boland
  • Brea Carney-Jones
  • Elizabeth Groom
  • Martin Haisley
  • Emily Hill
  • Jessica Macaulay
  • Cameron Stubbs

We're always here for you

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.

Find your nearest Stephensons office and arrange a meeting

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.