Suspension from practice and removal from the roll

Last updated 6 October 2015

Your options if you are struck off or suspended from practice


If the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) strikes your name from the roll of solicitors, you are no longer a solicitor.

However, you are permitted to

  • work for a practice that has our permission to employ you; or
  • work completely outside the field of law, subject to disclosing all information your prospective employer requires; or
  • work in the field of law for a local authority, or in commerce and industry, without restriction (subject to disclosure required by your prospective employer), as long as you do not
    • hold yourself out as a practising solicitor, or
    • conduct work reserved to solicitors.

If the SDT suspends you from practice, you remain on the roll but you cannot practice as a solicitor. You must also ensure you are not in breach of S1A of the Solicitors Act 1974.

Getting back on the roll of solicitors

You may apply to the SDT to be restored to the roll or, if you are suspended indefinitely, to have the period of suspension determined.

You should seek independent advice about applying for restoration to the roll, as we are unable to advise applicants.

If you are struck off and want to work for an authorised body

If you want to work for an authorised body,

  • you must disclose your strike-off, and
  • your prospective employer must first obtain our permission to employ you.

It is a criminal offence to fail to disclose the fact you have been struck off to a prospective employer of this type.

Likelihood of obtaining permission

If you were struck off for dishonesty, we are unlikely to grant permission to employ you.

Any permission we grant is likely to place strict limits on what you can do.

What we will do

We will send you and your prospective employer a questionnaire to complete and return. We will also seek comments from your local law society.

If we decide to grant you permission, it is likely to include conditions.

You must not start work unless your prospective employer has obtained our written permission.

If we grant permission for a firm to employ you, you must not

We are happy to discuss the application with you or your prospective employer—telephone us.