Schools v Solicitors Regulation Authority

Solicitor – Disciplinary proceedings. The appellant solicitor appealed against the decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (the SDT), finding a number of allegations against him proved and ordering that he should be struck off the roll of solicitors. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the appeal, held that, in refusing to adjourn the proceedings and proceeding in the appellant's absence, the SDT had wrongly rejected medical evidence on the basis that it had not been a reasoned opinion which had answered all relevant questions. However, the evidence had justified the SDT having taken the view that the appellant had decided that he would only attend on his own terms, namely, when he could instruct lawyers to represent him.

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