Solicitors

Justice written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a list of the solicitors that have been struck off in the last two years.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The regulation and discipline of solicitors is a matter for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the regulatory arm of the Law Society and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Neither organisation publishes a list of the names of solicitors struck off the solicitors' roll therefore I am unable to provide a copy for the Library.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal does publish the number of solicitors that have been struck off in its Annual Reports. Figures for 2009-10 and 2010-11 show that a total of 163 solicitors were struck off the roll during that period. It also publishes its decisions on its website. The Solicitors Regulation Authority publishes a list of the 50 most-recently published regulatory decisions on its website. It will provide members of the public with the most complete, up-to-date information about an individual's or firm's regulatory record upon request. It also provides a search engine on its website, that allows members of the public to search an individual's or a firm's regulatory record.

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