Edward Levey successfully represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the Administrative Court in two recent appeals against decisions of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
In the first case, SRA v Emeana & others, the SRA appealed on the grounds that the sanctions imposed by the Tribunal were too lenient. The Administrative Court (Moses LJ and Burnett J) allowed the appeal and struck off each of the three.
Respondents. Moses LJ stressed that, even where there has been no finding of dishonesty, striking off will often be the appropriate sanction where a solicitor has acted without integrity.
In the second appeal, SRA v Webb, a solicitor who had been struck off for breaching an undertaking appealed against the Tribunal’s finding that he had acted dishonestly. After giving “anxious scrutiny” to the evidence, the Administrative Court (Jeremy Baker J) found that, even in the absence of a discernible motive for the Respondent’s conduct, there was no basis for interfering with the Tribunal’s findings.
Copies of both judgments are available here: