News release

Hillsborough investigation launched by SRA

The role and conduct of solicitors involved in legal proceedings following the Hillsborough disaster will be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

The SRA has considered the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, published last week, which identifies serious concerns.

Samantha Barrass, SRA Executive Director, said: "We have considered the material in the public domain, including the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report, and have decided to begin an investigation. The issues arising from the report impact on the public’s confidence in the legal profession and we will undertake a thorough investigation of those issues. "The first step is to begin a detailed review of all relevant evidence arising from the report and from the various proceedings."

The SRA has yet to receive any formal complaints about the conduct of solicitors involved in Hillsborough legal proceedings.

The SRA is the regulator of more than 120,000 solicitors in England and Wales. Its purpose is to protect the public by ensuring that solicitors and their firm meet high standards and acting when risks are identified. All solicitors follow the same professional principles as laid down in the Code of Conduct.

The SRA provides advice to help them do so, and looks at what enforcement can be taken when firms continually fail to comply or the public is at risk. Further information on the sanctions that can be administered to solicitors that have been proven to have breached the principles in the Code of Conduct can be found on the Enforcement pages of this website

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