In a world of increasing professional regulation there may inevitably come a time when you/your firm faces an allegation that you have committed a breach of the Rules.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) can now, of its own volition and without referral to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), impose a fine of up to £2,000 and publish a rebuke. Prompt and appropriate correspondence with the SRA is crucial.
We can assist in dealing with a regulatory investigation/visit from the SRA and continuing representation thereafter.
At SDT you may face:
An unlimited fine
SRA costs (usually at least £15 – £20K)
Conditions on your Practising Certificate which will likely cause problems for indemnity isurance.
We specialise in offering cost-effective, fixed fee services for the representation of solicitors at SDT.
We provide assistance for practices and individuals facing investigation by their Professional Indemnity Insurer. We have particular we have particular expertise in dealing with coverage disputes, including:
Refusal of cover
Alleged breach of Policy conditions
Failure to successfully challenge the insurer’s decision in these examples leaves you open to:
Personal liability for claims
Payment of an excess for every claim
Reimbursement of the insurer’s expenditure
Responsibility for claims of another practice
We know exactly what approach the Regulator takes and what they need to hear from you. Prompt and appropriate action by our experienced team can mitigate or prevent damaging fines and published outcomes.
"A lawyer who acts for himself has a fool for a client"
Whilst we understand that your instinct is to keep complaints and investigations against your practice discreet and handle them yourself, in our experience all firms face complaints and claims – justified or otherwise – and it is cheaper and more effective to let experts represent you. We will, with expertise and discretion, assess and weigh the risks to your Regulatory Profile, your reputation, your pocket, your firm and advice as to the optimum way to proceed with the Regulator.
From 1 October 2010 the Minimum Terms and Conditions no longer require your professional indemnity insurer to provide cover for any disciplinary proceedings brought by the SRA. Unless you have specifically requested cover and it has been written back into your Policy by your insurer, or any of your personal insurance policies cover legal expenses insurance, it is likely you will have to fund cover for representation before the SDT and for advice/representation in any other disciplinary proceedings brought by the SRA yourself. We can help with a fixed or capped fee quote. Don’t write a blank cheque for your legal advice.
Our team includes experts in investigation, prosecution and defence of white collar crime; Regulatory Law and Practice; and advocacy before the Courts and Tribunals.