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SRA Investigations

Being investigated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) is not something any lawyer or law firm can afford to take lightly. It is essential to seek objective advice from specialists in dealing with SRA investigations to protect your career and business.

At Saunders Law, we are experts in advising and defending lawyers facing investigation by the SRA. We are particularly well-known and respected for our work helping solicitors defend against allegations of professional misconduct, as well as for advising other legal professionals where they have been accused of misrepresenting themselves as solicitors.

Our team can assist with:

  • Independent, objective advice on your position
  • Preparing your response to an SRA investigation letter
  • Dealing with an SRA Forensic Investigation of your firm
  • Representation for SRA interviews
  • Responding to the findings of an SRA investigation
  • Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal representation

Notable successes achieved by our SRA investigations experts include:

  • Having an allegation of dishonesty against a solicitor withdrawn by the SRA
  • Convincing the SRA to discontinue an investigation into a student member of CILEx accused of misrepresenting themselves as a solicitor
  • Securing the discontinuation of an SRA investigation against a member of CILEx alleged to have mislead clients into believing she was a qualified solicitor and to have destroyed documents related to a major immigration appeal

At Saunders Law, our professional discipline and regulatory solicitors are highly respected experts in the legal sector. We have decades of experience across our team, having earned recognition from leading industry guides the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Led by partners,  James Saunders (a member of the Solicitors Assistance Scheme) and Matthew Purcell, we are known for our thorough approach and for tirelessly fighting our clients’ corners.

Operating from offices in central London, we’re also ideally located to help clients navigate through the professional regulatory and disciplinary process.

Consult our solicitors disciplinary defence lawyers in London

For a free, no-obligation discussion of how we may be able to help, please get in touch.

Call us on 020 7315 4814 or make an enquiry online

Why Saunders Law are acknowledged leaders in dealing with SRA investigations

Extensive specialist experience with SRA investigations

Partner James Saunders (a member of the Solicitors Assistance Scheme) and Matthew Purcell are regarded as experts in this field. Our team have achieved numerous successes for our clients, including having SRA investigations dropped and seeing clients exonerated of wrongdoing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal following an SRA investigation.

Independently recognised expertise

Our team has been independently recognised for our legal expertise with strong rankings in highly respected client guides the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Exceptional personal service & client satisfaction

We take pride in the high level of personal service we provide. Clients will always receive a call back the same day following an enquiry and can always speak to one of our partners when required. As a result, we consistently achieve excellent feedback from clients.

Transparent and flexible pricing

We provide clear and open advice regarding the costs involved in facing an SRA investigation. Various funding options are available to suit different circumstances and we have excellent relationships with litigation funding providers.

How we can help you with an SRA investigation

Objective advice & strategic insight on your situation

No matter your level of legal expertise, it can be very difficult to view your own situation objectively. Our SRA investigations experts can provide an independent perspective that gives you a truly impartial assessment of your legal position.

You can then make a considered judgement about how you wish to respond to an SRA investigation with all the information you need to pick the course of action that is likely to result in the best possible outcome for you.

Preparing your response to an SRA investigation letter

You have a duty to respond to an SRA investigation letter promptly and appropriately. Failure to do so can result in a solicitor and/or their firm committing a separate regulatory offence.

Our team regularly advises clients on responding to SRA investigation letters, so we can ensure you provide a response that will satisfy your regulatory duty while protecting your position and not doing anything that could undermine your defence.

Dealing with an SRA Forensic Investigation of your firm

Should the SRA decide to carry out a ‘live’ investigation of your firm, you may be notified in advance or they may attend unannounced. In either case, it is important to get expert advice as soon as possible to ensure you comply with the investigation in line with your regulatory duties while protecting yourself and your firm.

Our SRA investigations defence team can provide instant advice on what you need to do and anything you shouldn’t do, so you can be confident you are acting in the right way at every stage of an SRA Forensic Investigation.

Representation for SRA interviews

If you are required to attend an interview with an SRA investigating officer, you must have specialist representation to advise and protect you. Anything said by you in an SRA interview can be used as evidence against you, so it is crucial that you do not make any mistakes at this stage as they can be very hard to recover from.

Our SRA defence solicitors can attend an SRA interview with you, advising and representing you so you have the best chance of securing a favourable outcome.

Responding to the findings of an SRA investigation

There are various potential outcomes to an SRA investigation. The SRA could:

  1. Find there was no case to answer and take no further action.
  2. Find that there was no misconduct but offer guidance on actions a solicitor and/or firm should take in future to avoid any similar issues.
  3. Issue a warning, rebuke or reprimand which will stay on a solicitor’s and/or a firm’s record and can have serious professional consequences.
  4. Issue a fine of up to £2,000.
  5. Refer the matter to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Whatever the outcome of an SRA investigation, our team can advise you on any next steps you need to take, including your right to appeal the decision if you wish to do so.

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Representation

In the event that you are referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, you will need expert representation for every stage of proceedings to help you secure the best available outcome.

Our Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal defence team have a strong track record of success, with strategies based on sound, convincing evidence and arguments. We offer advocacy skills honed by years of experience that we can bring to bear on your case, making sure you have the best possible representation to protect your career and reputation.

Arrange an initial, no obligation consultation with our SRA investigations experts in London

For a free, no-obligation discussion of how we may be able to help with an SRA investigation, please contact us today.

Call us on 0207 632 4300 or make an enquiry online.