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Our Role

The SDT is an independent statutory tribunal that adjudicates upon alleged breaches of the rules and regulations applicable to solicitors and their firms.

The Tribunal determines cases relating to alleged misconduct by:

  • solicitors
  • registered foreign lawyers
  • authorised bodies
  • managers of authorised bodies
  • employees of sole practitioners and authorised bodies.

Factors determining whether cases should be referred to the SDT include the likely sanction, and the nature and motivating factors of the offending misconduct itself.

Please note:

  • The Tribunal is independent of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Law Society
  • We are happy to help with enquiries from parties to cases and the public
  • We will always do our best to provide neutral guidance
  • We will suggest alternative sources of assistance if and where possible
  • We do not provide legal advice
  • Members of the Tribunal will not enter into personal correspondence or take phone calls
  • All letters or other communications addressed to individual Tribunal Members will be answered by the Clerk

The rules and regulations that apply to solicitors and their firms are specifically designed to:

  • Protect the public—including consumers of legal services
  • Maintain the public’s confidence in the reputation of the solicitors’ profession for honesty, probity, trustworthiness, independence, and integrity

The Tribunal is committed to treating everyone fairly and with respect, regardless of their background.  

Procedures are governed by the Solicitors (Disciplinary Proceedings) Rules 2019.