Jem Barnecutt, having retired from practice as a solicitor on 31 October 2014, is now retiring from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, where he has been a Solicitor Member since 1994.
Jem served as both Vice-President (2003-2009) and President (2009-2012) and was an inaugural director of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Administration Limited, and its Chairman. In all these roles Jem worked tirelessly for the good of the Tribunal, the public and the profession. Jem’s commitment to his profession accompanied by his strong sense of public service are evident from the number of hours of his own time (unpaid until a few years ago) that he dedicated to the Tribunal and its improvement and development.
When sitting both as Chairman and Tribunal Solicitor Member, Jem’s judgement was sound and astute. Andrew Spooner, President of the Tribunal, echoed the thoughts of Tribunal Members stating: “When I was first appointed, Jem went out of his way to make me feel part of the “SDT team”. We sat together on many occasions and handled some difficult cases – I know that whoever appeared before Jem felt they had been fairly and sympathetically treated and, whatever the result, that their case had been handled with courtesy and care.”
Tribunal Members and staff wish Jem, his wife Nicky, and his family many happy times together during Jem’s retirement.