Our approach to publication

Many of the regulatory decisions we make about the individuals and firms we regulate are published here. We began publishing some of our decisions in January 2008, and have since developed our policy and our website.

We aim to ensure decisions we publish are accurate and up to date. However, this website does not offer a complete picture of an individual's or firm's regulatory record. For example, it is possible that, since publication, a firm has ceased to practice or a solicitor is no longer on the roll of solicitors. Most published decisions are removed from our website three years from the date they were published.

We do not publish findings made by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal; these are published by the Tribunal itself. Please note that the Tribunal publishes findings resulting in a strike off, indefinite suspension or revocation of authorisation of a firm indefinitely. Decisions to suspend for a fixed period remain on its website for the duration of the suspension or three years (whichever is the greater). All other decisions remain on its website for three years. If you are unable to find a decision on the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal website please contact us.

There are some important factors you should understand when viewing our decisions. Therefore, decisions should be read along with the specific information we provide about types of decision we publish.

For the most complete, up-to-date information we can offer about an individual's or firm's regulatory record—especially if you wish to rely on the information for formal purposes—please contact us.

Several factors determine whether we publish a decision—including when the decision was made, the type of decision it is and, in some cases, whether it is in the public interest to publish it. To find our more about our approach to publication of our decisions, see our guidance on Publishing regulatory and disciplinary decisions.

Our decisions can be challenged by appeals or judicial review. Normally, we publish a decision only after the expiry of an appeal period.

In addition to publishing decisions, we sometimes disclose information about individuals directly to other organisations. To learn about how and why we do this, please read our First principles of disclosure.

How to access the information we publish