I have been in practice since 1982 and understand the pressures solicitors work under. I have run my own firm for 15 years and have an intimate knowledge of every aspect of practice.
I have specialised in legal regulation for over 20 years and during that time I have advised on virtually every aspect of it. I have appeared as advocate before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on hundreds of occasions and guided the SRA and legal executives through the regulatory process. My experience as an adviser and advocate in this area of practice is substantial and I bring a level of skill and judgement that few can equal.
I was for several years one of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s senior advocates, advisers and trainers. I now exclusively advise and represent legal executives and their firms in professional difficulty with the SRA or the Legal Ombudsman. The SRA can sometimes be an aggressive investigator requiring answers to complex questions in short time periods. Equally they need dealing with openly and straightforwardly and I can help ensure the correct information is provided in the right way.
The process can be burdensome and worrying, and I can help ease that.
I am approachable and knowledgeable and I understand exactly how the SRA works and investigates. I also have a comprehensive understanding of how the SDT works and how it deals with hearings. You cannot learn how to do this from a text book.
CILEx regulation embraces all CILEx members, CILEx Practitioners, Approved Managers and Authorised Entities who must comply with all of CILEx's and CILEx Regulation’s rules and bye-laws.
The current Code of Conduct came into force in January 2015, and in is many ways similar to the Principles which apply to solicitors and entities regulated by the SRA. It sets out 9 core principles to guide those regulated by CILEx.
I can help guide you through an investigation and provide the support you will need should it proceed to a hearing.
I can advise and support you should you find yourself affected by an investigation by the SRA into the firm which employs you. This can sometimes be just as upsetting and challenging.
I can also offer support in dealing with complaints from clients or the Ombudsman. Sometimes it can make a big difference when someone outside your firm takes on the burden of dealing with correspondence, or simply provides an objective view and suggested resolution.