Services

Professional Regulation

We provide specialist advice to law firms and to individual solicitors. With a much extended legal services market place we are also called upon to advise other legal professionals such as barristers, legal executives, costs draftsmen and licensed conveyancers. Jayne is also a member of the Solicitors’ Assistance Scheme.

Jayne regularly appears as an advocate before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal as well as dealing with appeals to the Administrative Court.

The expertise that we have developed in this area and our close links with the regulators means that we are perfectly placed to advise others on their regulatory obligations. Jayne’s experience in a major commercial law firm for over twenty years also enables her to provide a unique offering to the larger practices.

Jayne herself was described in Chambers & Partners Directory as giving “sound advice in a form which is easily digestible. She is also reliable, meets deadlines and she is sympathetic as well as being realistic” and “she is a great strategist in terms of knowing her way around the regular pitfalls“.

SRA Investigations

Conduct investigations by the SRA are invariably highly complex, covering many different areas of your practice. The impact on you and your firm can be enormous and the consequences potentially serious for all involved. We will manage the situation in order to put forward the best possible case and to reduce the impact on the firm. We will work with you to try and avoid a referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal whether by use of an internal sanction or a regulatory settlement agreement. Leaving the problem to the last minute can prejudice your chances of avoiding a referral to the SDT. Be smart at the start and obtain proper advice.

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

If you are at this stage, we cannot stress how important it is to obtain expert advice without delay. Instruct us and benefit from a wealth of experience both prosecuting and defending before the SDT. From preparing a statement in mitigation to representing you at the Tribunal, we can help.

Alternative Business Structures & Authorisations

The process for obtaining a licence for an alternative business structure or an authorisation as a traditional law firm is the same and is complicated. In both cases, the SRA requires an analysis of the risks to the new business and an explanation of the controls that will be put in place. Many new firms find this a difficult exercise. Our solicitor consultant Bronwen Still has successfully steered a wide variety of different business models through this procedure. It is important for firms to obtain advice at the earliest possible opportunity.

Practising Certificates

The imposition of conditions on your practising certificate can dramatically affect your ability to practice and your future employment prospects and may stop you practising at all. We can advise on challenging the imposition of conditions and can also advise on appeals.

LawCare

Bronwen Still was a Trustee of the solicitors’ charity LawCare for many years. Being caught up in any dispute or proceedings with the SRA can be particularly stressful – as indeed can any aspect of practice. For those who find stress, for whatever reason, is becoming overwhelming or who have problems with depression, addiction or other mental health issues, LawCare offers help through its website and its dedicated confidential helpline which operates 365 days a year. Its website can be accessed through this link –  http://www.lawcare.org.uk.