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.
On 14 December 2020 the SDT's Policy Committee, led by the President of the Tribunal Edward Nally, published the 8th Edition of its Guidance Note on Sanctions.
Lubna has been a highly valued member of the SDT clerking team since May 2007 . Having been elected as Deputy Vice-President of the Law Society on 14 October 2020 Lubna will be leaving us in order to take up her new office.
Following the closure of the Tribunal’s offices and courtrooms, from 7 September 2020, the majority of our hearings continue to be held remotely. Please do not attend the Tribunal unless you have been notified that your hearing is taking place at Gate House.
September sees the retirement of two of the SDT’s Members. Jim Astle, Solicitor Member of the SDT since 2009, retired on 14 September 2020 and Stephen Howe, Lay Member of the SDT since 2006, formally retired at the same time.
The Tribunal is now operating remote and hybrid hearings. To assist all parties the Tribunal has updated its Zoom User Guide to provide guidance for those participating in remote hearings and for those attending a hybrid hearing remotely.
Following an online re-assessment visit in early August 2020, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has maintained its Investors in People status at the Standard level, with an increase in the number of Indicators achieving higher performance levels.
The Tribunal has published its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for 2020–2023, setting out its diversity priorities and objectives for the next three years.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak the Tribunal introduced remote hearings. Whilst the majority of hearings will continue to take place remotely for the foreseeable future the Tribunal will be listing a small number of “hybrid” hearings at Gate House from September 2020.