The SDT published its Annual Report for 2020 on 30 July 2021.
The Tribunal has published its Guidance Note: Health Issues.
On 6 July 2021 Colin Chesterton retired from the Tribunal. Colin was a Solicitor Member of the SDT for twenty-seven years having been appointed by the Master of the Rolls in 1994.
Bellamy Forde was appointed as Solicitor Director of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Administration Ltd on 4 July 2021 following the retirement of the previous Solicitor Director, Colin Chesterton. Bellamy will serve as a Director of the SDTAL and a member of the SDT Policy Committee for a
In response to the latest Government Covid-19 guidance, we are continuing to predominantly work remotely. However, we can now receive visitors and courier deliveries at the Tribunal's Gate House offices by prior arrangement.
On 12 May 2021 Alison Banks completed her second and final term as SDT Solicitor Vice-President, a Director of the SDTAL Board and a member of the SDT Policy Committee. In her six years in the role Alison has made a significant contribution to the wider management of the Tribunal.
Following consultation, the Master of the Rolls has issued a new Protocol for appointments to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Following publication of the Protocol, the SDT now intends to commence the recruitment process for new Tribunal Members later this year.
Spring 2021 sees the retirement of four highly respected Tribunal members. Cindy Barnett, Steve Marquez and Jane Martineau all retire in March and Patrick Booth in April.
The Tribunal's offices and courtrooms at Gate House are currently closed due to the Covid-19 situation.
In late 2019 the Tribunal published its Strategic and Operational Plans for 2020-2023. At the time the plans were written, we could not have begun to imagine how 2020 would unfold, and the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic would have on the Tribunal and on thousands of other UK businesses.
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