We hear and determine applications in respect of solicitors concerning allegations of professional misconduct or breaches of the Rules, Regulations and/or Code relating to professional practice.
We hear cases of alleged misconduct by solicitors, registered European Lawyers, registered foreign lawyers and employees of solicitors’ firms. We also determine applications for restoration to the roll and the ending of suspension from practice.
Typically, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will prosecute cases before the Tribunal – however, it is possible for members of the public to do so directly.
Making an Application
Applications to the Tribunal must be made in the prescribed form, supported by a statement setting out the allegations which the respondent to the application is required to answer and the facts and matters in support of the application and each allegation contained in it.
If you are consider making an application then please select from the following options:
Frequently asked questions relating to applications to the SDT.
There is a right of appeal by the Lay Applicant to the High Court under section 49(2), Solicitors Act 1974 (as amended). The parties to the appeal are you as the person challenging the decision (called the Appellant) and the solicitor(s) against whom your application is made.
You must provide a copy of your application to the Tribunal and SRA. The Tribunal and/or the SRA may apply to the High Court to be joined into the appeal as an interested party, but this will happen only very rarely.