Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Solicitor Vice-President

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. During her term in office, amongst many other things, Alison played an integral part in the revision of the Tribunal’s rules and the review of the standard of proof. Having completed her term of office, Alison remains a much-valued member of the Tribunal.

Edward Nally, President of the Tribunal thanked Alison for her service and said: “Alison has served the Tribunal as Solicitor Vice President with dedication, skill and great confidence. She has supported me consistently in my own role throughout and has played a significant part in a major period of change within the Tribunal, being heavily involved in the ongoing development of our Guidance Note on Sanctions. She also played a full and thoughtful part in the discussions that led ultimately to the change in the standard of proof in our Tribunal. We owe her a considerable debt for her service to the Tribunal.”

Alison Kellett was appointed as the new Solicitor Vice-President of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on 13 May 2021 following a competitive election process.  Alison will serve as SDT Solicitor Vice-President, a Director of the SDTAL Board and a member of the SDT Policy Committee for a term of three years.

Alison joined the Tribunal in October 2016. Aside from the Tribunal Alison works as the Head of Global Dispute Resolution for the UK and Channel Islands for a global financial institution and is also a school governor.  Both of these roles have given her great experience of drafting and reviewing policies, and scrutinising budgets, which are key components of her role as Solicitor Vice-President. 

Edward Nally, President of the Tribunal congratulated Alison on her appointment and said: I am delighted to welcome Alison to her new role as Solicitor Vice President and to working with her as she joins our Board and Policy Committee. She will bring considerable experience and skills to the role, particularly drawing on her corporate and governance experience acquired over her years of service working in house within a major financial institution.”

Alison, on hearing of her election said:  “I am honoured to have been elected as SDT Solicitor Vice-President and hope to do the position justice. The Tribunal plays an important role, and I look forward to contributing to its continued success and working closely with other Board members during my tenure as Vice-President.”