The SDT published its Annual Report for 2021 on 12 August 2022.
The Tribunal is now holding in-person, remote and hybrid hearings. To assist all parties the Tribunal has issued an updated Practice Direction dated 20 July 2022 in relation to remote and hybrid hearings. This supersedes the Practice Direction dated 28 August 2020 in respect of remote hearings.
On 15 June 2022 the SDT’s Policy Committee, led by the President of the Tribunal Alison Kellett published the 10th Edition of its Guidance Note on Sanctions. This edition includes amendments to the costs section (pages 21 to 24) to reflect recent caselaw.
Simon Tinkler ceased to be a member of the Tribunal at the end of April 2022 as he has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge. Simon had been a solicitor member of the Tribunal since 2009. During that time Simon sat on, and chaired, numerous cases.
The Tribunal’s Policy Committee met on 19 April 2022 and carefully considered the 26 questionnaire responses it had received in respect of the Tribunal’s listing strategy. 24 of these responses came from individuals and the other two from the SRA and the Law Society.
For the last two years the Tribunal has been operating remote hearings with some hybrid hearings being held since September 2020. A hybrid hearing is one where some people attend in-person and some attend remotely.
On 9 March 2022 the SDT's Policy Committee, led by the President of the Tribunal Alison Kellett, approved for publication the 6th Edition of its Guidance Note on Other Powers of the Tribunal.
Alison Kellett has been appointed as the new President of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’), succeeding the outgoing President, Edward (Ed) Nally who has completed his second and final term as President.
On 9 February 2022 the Tribunal responded to the SRA Consultation on Financial Penalties. The consultation period closed on 11 February 2022.
In late 2019 the Tribunal published its Strategic and Operational Plans for 2020-2023, with the intention that these would be reviewed annually.
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