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Solicitors and criminal charges

You may well have seen coverage of instances of solicitors falling foul of the law in local and national media recently.

Recent offences have included physical or sexual assaults, stalking and fraud. If a solicitor is charged or arrested with an indictable offence, then they must, according to Part 4 of the Practising Regulations, "inform the SRA within seven days if he or she is committed to prison in civil or criminal proceedings, or is charged with or convicted of an indictable offence". And we also have to be informed about the outcome of the matter.

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In order to protect the public, there might sometimes be a need to consider placing conditions on practising certificates, especially if the alleged crimes involve potential dishonesty. What the profession and the public think should happen in such instances was central to our A question of trust campaign. And of course it’s very relevant in light of Principle 6 – the need to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in you and in the provision of legal services.

We published the headline findings from our A question of trust campaign last summer.

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