The reduced costs of remote hearings could materially benefit the profession, says Susanna Heley

At the time of writing, we are roughly eight months away from the adoption of the civil standard of proof by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). As was anticipated before we’d ever heard of covid-19, we are starting to see decisions being handed down which apply this standard. 

Thus far, most of the reported decisions have either been agreed outcomes or hearings with limited factual matters in issue. A number of reported decisions have been made in the absence of the respondent and the SDT has, in those cases, adopted its usual approach to ruling on the propriety of continuing in the absence of the respondent as a preliminary matter. 

In fact, there is little remarkable about the merits of any of the c...

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