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Checking a Solicitors' Disciplinary Record

Checking a Solicitors' Disciplinary Record

It's not generally well known in the profession that the Solicitors Regulation Authority has a free service that allows a Solicitors disciplinary record to be checked by anyone.

There are some criteria to this in that applies to;

  • Investigations started on or after 1st January 2008
  • decisions to prosecute a solicitor before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) - where on or after 1st January 2008, the SDT has certified there is a case to answer.

Any decisions may be challenged by appeals or judicial review, and generally a decision is only published after the expiry of an appeal period; most published decisions are removed from their website after three years.

Types of Published Decision

When it has been decided that a regulated person has broken a rule, the consequences depend upon the seriousness of the breach and the likelihood of them doing it again. When deciding on the consequences, a range of regulatory outcomes are used, which relate to the gravity of the breach. Not all decisions are published.

The decisions which are published are;

  • decisions to prosecute at the SDT
  • decisions to control how an individual practises
  • decisions to close a practice
  • agreed outcomes with individuals

In order to search the database for decisions published from January 2008 onward, you will need the name of the individual and their SRA ID number.

To check an individual, go to www.sra.org.uk/consumers/solicitor-check.page

Remember to check the SRA Publication Policy first.