Maitland-Hudson v Solicitors Regulation Authority

Solicitor – Disciplinary proceedings. There was no blanket rule that a court or tribunal had to ignore what it saw and heard in court. It was quite legitimate for a court to take account of its own assessment of a litigant's capacity to participate effectively in its overall assessment of the evidence before it, including the expert medical evidence, if it considered it appropriate to do so. Accordingly, the Divisional Court dismissed the appellant's appeal against the decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal's findings of misconduct and dishonesty, pursuant to which he was struck off the roll of solicitors.

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