Clear rules for dealing with misconduct are needed

Greater clarity on the process for reporting misconduct that is appropriate for law firms of all sizes is essential to ensuring that serious cases are dealt with quickly, the Law Society of England and Wales said in response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Reporting Concerns consultation.

Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: “Working environments should be safe for all. It is imperative that the solicitor profession has a system for dealing with misconduct so that matters are dealt with appropriately and promptly.

“It is in the best interests of the public, our members and their clients that there is a clearly defined and easily understood process for dealing with misconduct and allegations of misconduct.

“We recommend a common-sense approach that recognises the importance of reporting serious concerns to the regulator promptly, but equally doesn’t result in over-reporting that could be unmanageable.

“We have set out how we believe this balance should be struck so that solicitors and firms have clarity over when and what they must report. Equally, the regulator should take a proportionate and consistent approach to enforcement.

“The solicitor profession maintains exceptionally high professional and ethical standards. They must be held to account if their actions violate the professional code of ethics or break the law.”

Notes to editors

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