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Law Society

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which solicitors have been found guilty of breaching Law Society regulations following Law Society investigations in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and how many of these decisions have been made public. (91404)

The Law Society has provided the following information.

In 2005, 527 solicitors were subject to an internal sanction (reprimand or severe reprimand by the Law Society adjudication panel). 211 solicitors were subject to orders of the solicitors disciplinary tribunal (SDT) following prosecutions brought by the society.

In 2006, to the 30 September, 435 solicitors were subject to an internal sanction, 141 solicitors have been made the subject of an order of the SDT.

Internal sanctions imposed on solicitors are disclosed to the parties involved but are not made public.

Orders of the SDT are a matter of public record. A list of solicitors who received sanctions from the SDT is available from the Law Society.