Solicitors Regulation Authority

Solicitors regulation authority
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If you or your law firm is under investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), benefit from Cartwright King’s experience of advising solicitors and defending cases before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. 

Our specialist SRA investigations team offer reliable legal advice, doing everything possible to protect your legal career or law firm.

Don’t delay, get in touch now to speak to our specialist SRA Investigation Lawyers and plan your defence strategy.

How Cartwright King’s SRA investigation lawyers can help

Cartwright King offers fast, efficient and effective legal advice when you’re faced with an SRA investigation. A quick response is crucial to your case to avoid potential restrictions on your right to practice and to ensure that the SRA follows correct protocols when investigating you. 

Our specialist SRA Lawyers scrutinise the evidence against you, in detail,  and monitor the investigation to ensure that you’re treated fairly.  Here’s what our SRA lawyers can do for you:

  • Advise on allegations of serious breaches of SRA accounts rules
  • Advise on accusations of serious practice management issues
  • Advise on allegations of misusing client accounts
  • Advise on accusations of creating misleading documents
  • Advise on allegations of misleading the SRA during the course of an investigation
  • Represent you or you law firm before a tribunal

Benefit from a free, initial telephone conversation

If you suspect that you’re going to be investigated, or you’re already under investigation by the SRA, you can benefit from a free, initial telephone call with a specialist Cartwright King SRA Investigation Lawyer.

There’s no substitute for speaking to one of our specialist solicitors to get the right advice, ensuring that you’re well prepared when facing an investigation. 

For immediate action, contact us for your free* initial discussion. 

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

Why choose Cartwright King for SRA investigations?

You want your case to be in the hands of trusted, experienced and reputable solicitors when facing an SRA investigation. As a nationally renowned law firm, we’re well positioned to properly present your case and represent you. We have considerable experience of successfully clearing solicitors and law firms under investigation.

We listen, we understand and we care about what happens to you. That’s why we offer sound, reliable legal advice to ensure that you understand your rights when you’re under investigation. Cartwright King can defend you against a wide range of issues, giving you peace of mind that your case is in good hands.

Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case. We know that SRA investigations can be damaging professionally, personally and financially. 

That’s why we will do everything we can to clear you of wrongdoing or minimise any action against you.

We’re committed to defending your legal rights, your legal career and your professional reputation, ensuring that you’re treated fairly and with respect throughout your case. When you need us most, we’ll be there to offer sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance.  

We’re a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top tier law firm with specialist solicitors that are calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on.

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

What does an Solicitors Regulation Authority investigation involve?

The SRA will investigate you if they receive a complaint or report about you potentially breaching its Standards and Regulations. If a complaint has been made, you will be contacted by the SRA if they decide to investigate you.

If the SRA deems that an investigation is necessary following a complaint, they will start to gather evidence. This can include documentary evidence, witness statements and more.

The SRA will also contact you for your version of events and you may be asked to comment on any evidence that has been gathered against you. In some cases, the SRA may conduct an on-site investigation at your firm.

How long does an SRA investigation take?

It’s difficult to determine how long an SRA investigation may take. The SRA does say that it aims to complete 93% of its investigations within 12 months. This indicates that an investigation can take anything up to a year.

The SRA may be able to gather evidence quickly and reach a decision. In other cases, the evidence may take longer to gather and review. However, you will be kept up to date on how your case progresses.

What are the possible outcomes of an SRA investigation?

Most SRA cases are closed without any regulatory action. However, if the SRA decides that action does need to be taken, your case could be referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, which has the power to:

  • Stop you from working in a law firm without approval from the Law Society
  • Suspend you from legal practice 
  • Strike you off

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