Are my standards higher as a solicitor?
The SRA Principles comprise the fundamental tenets of ethical behaviour that Solicitors are expected to uphold.
The principles are:
- in a way that upholds the constitutional principle of the rule of law, and the proper administration of justice.
- in a way that upholds public trust and confidence in the solicitors' profession and in legal services provided by authorised persons.
- with independence.
- with honesty.
- with integrity.
- in a way that encourages equality, diversity and inclusion.
- in the best interests of each client.
It is imperative that Solicitors hold them self to a higher standard and ensure that they always act in a way that upholds the SRA’s principles. Some examples of Solicitors being sanctioned for failing to uphold these principles are:
- The respondent, a newly qualified solicitor, admitted fare evasion in her journeys to the office and once the outstanding fares were calculated by the rail company, she self-reported the matter to the SRA after a settlement had been made. The tribunal found that the solicitor had acted dishonestly and continued to commit misconduct over a period of time, ceasing only when caught by the inspector. As a result, the solicitor was struck off and ordered to pay costs of just over £3,000.
- A male solicitor who repeatedly touched a female co-worker inappropriately and told racist jokes was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay the SRA’s costs of £21,000.
- A former London managing partner of Baker Mackenzie was fined £55,000 for professional misconduct relating to his attempts to hug and kiss a junior fee earner in 2012. He was also ordered to pay £48,000 in costs.
- A solicitor convicted of sexual assault following a drunken encounter on a night out was fined £17,500 but was allowed to continue in practice.
- A recently qualified criminal solicitor who worked on a clinical negligence claim outside her own practice area agreed to pay a fine of £12,500.
Saunders Law are dedicated to representing solicitors and law firms who are facing investigation by the SRA or need representation at a SDT hearing.
We invite any solicitor being investigated by the SRA or needing representation at a SDT hearing to contact our Regulatory team.