Lawson v Solicitors Regulation Authority

Solicitor – Disciplinary proceedings. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (the SDT) found allegations against the appellant proved, and ordered the appellant to be suspended for two years and to pay £4,000 in costs. The appellant appealed against the sanction. The Administrative Court, in allowing the appeal, held that a suspension for two years would only be appropriate where the facts had been close to warranting an order striking the solicitor off. In the present case, the period of suspension had been much too long and the appropriate period of suspension was one year. However, a one-year condition would be attached to the appellant's practising certificate.

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