A couple of years ago, I wrote about the role of a fitness to practise regime for solicitors.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) had recently produced a summary of responses to a consultation on its procedural rules, in which it encouraged the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) “to consider carefully whether it should exercise its power to make procedures in relation to fitness to practise”.

So, why does the SDT say this is needed?

Contrasting the solicitor with the barrister branch of the profession, the SDT pointed to the fitness to practise procedure provided for by the Bar Standards Board, which isn’t disciplinary in nature and is run entirely separately from disciplinary pr...

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