Al-Sweady Inquiry, statement, January 2016

We received new and potentially serious information from the Inquiry Report in December 2014, as outlined in our statement of January 2015, and further evidence supplied by the Government in March 2015.

Go to January 2015 statement

Our investigation has involved the review of a huge amount of complex and detailed evidence. We have engaged Leading Counsel to oversee this work as swiftly and robustly as possible.

We have decided to refer one of the firms named in the Inquiry, Leigh Day, and a number of individual solicitors, to the independent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). Papers will be filed with the Tribunal in coming weeks and the SDT will then make a decision on whether or not to hear the allegations.

Leigh Day has raised issues about the time taken for us to deal with this matter and stated that, in their opinion, the referral was premature as they had not been given sufficient time to respond to the allegations before a referral decision was made.

The firm has had more than four months to respond to our allegations, with seven weeks to respond to additional allegations. There is no duplication between the two sets of allegations. The firm has not as yet responded to either set.

These are serious allegations and there is a clear public interest in resolving this matter as quickly as possible.

We will be making a decision on the other firm, Public Interest Lawyers, in the near future.

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