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"Jon was a fantastic support during a difficult time through my investigation. His robust stance and eloquent written communication to the SRA as well as his knowledge was priceless. All of this experience resulted in no further action and dropped the case. I can now focus back on my career after 14 tough months. I would highly recommend Jon to be at your side if you find yourself faced with a complaint to the SRA."
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I cannot thank you enough for the way you dealt with my matter right from the start. You listened and considered everything very carefully and advised me of the outcome that you would like to achieve. It was a wonderful outcome and you were so right about it.
Your combined knowledge of the rules, regulations and dedication to help those who approach you makes you a very intuitive person. You were able to understand how I was feeling right form the outset. Your professional yet very friendly approach helped me make sense of it all, gather my thoughts together and explain the situation. You were always available including out of hours to personally discuss the issues with me.
I was extremely impressed when I saw the representation you had drafted. It gave me a lot of confidence in not only the possibility of obtaining the outcome you had said but that I was in the hands of one of the top guys if not the best advocate in the industry.
I thank you once again for everything that you did and although I would not like to be in a situation whereby I have to recommend you to anyone but faced with one you will certainly be the person to go to.
Best Wishes always"
I am just writing this to say the biggest thank you to you for your help during the tense time after I received the letter from the SRA. You spoke to me from day one even before I instructed you and your guidance throughout this matter has kept me calm and collected. Nothing was too much trouble for you, even out of hours emails and calls. Never in a million years could I have drafted what you did for me. I truly owe my future career to you. I cannot put in to words what you have done for me and how grateful I am . I would highly recommend your services to anybody else in a similar situation as I was."
"I cannot recommend Jon Goodwin highly enough. He told me before instructing him that he was my best chance of beating the dishonesty allegations made against me by the SRA. Whilst this may seem a boast, it was absolutely true. His knowledge of regulatory law and especially the SRA and SDT’s personnel and policies was spot on. The level of service from Jon was both professional and friendly. I really felt he was fighting my corner.
Having gone through a very unsettling and stressful four years since the initial allegations leading up to the Tribunal, I can confidently state that the only time I felt any sense of control over events was when I instructed Jon to defend me. He was reassuring at every stage and especially at the hearing itself. Jon’s excellent representation at the hearing led to the allegations being found not proved. I cannot express the sense of relief that I feel and gratitude that I had Jon on my side. Yes, he will tell you about his testimonials but they are real - I feel happier now than I have done in four years."
“Jon has been exemplary in his representation and achieved an outcome I never believed possible. I would recommend him to anybody requiring representation”.
"Thank you very much for handling my situation. It always a shock to learn you have been reported to the SRA but your involvement brought the matter to swift conclusion so the matter did not go any further than the initial SRA letter. Same saved a lot of stress as well as expense.
Thanks again and I would recommend your services to anyone particularly at the early stage of the process."
"Jonathan, I simply cannot express my gratitude for your time and support on my SRA investigation. As you know, I tried to deal with matters myself but found the approach by the SRA and the whole situation rather overwhelming. I chose you based on your reputation and reviews and I would not hesitate in recommending you to others. Your thorough, direct and fantastic letter to the SRA has, in my mind, brought this ridiculous investigation to a very swift end. I certainly do not have the knowledge or experience to produce such a letter, for which I am so grateful. I found it particularly wonderful that you took the time to call me to discuss the SRA’s response rather than sending a blanket email. This personal approach certainly demonstrates that you provide an excellent and proactive service to your clients. Thank you again."
“I turned to Jon Goodwin to help me with my regulatory issues, because his reputation in this area precedes him. He was hugely approachable, personable, professional in every respect, and made things really easy right from the start. He explained everything to me, in terms of all the positives, and negatives, of the case. He had a no nonsense approach to his fees and explained all options available to me. He just said it as it was. He told me that my original enquiry was unrealistic and he put me on the correct course very quickly thus avoiding lots of wasted time, effort and money. There was no padding, just substance. I knew, instinctively, after talking to him, that his experience was vast and that he knew his subject perhaps better than most in his field. He managed my expectations perfectly. He was prompt with everything he did for me and, in the end, everything he said and did came to pass, to my utmost satisfaction. I cannot recommend him highly enough.”
You did a brilliant work, handled my case from the start to the hearing in a very professional, friendly way.
No hidden charges. I really appreciate your verbal submission rendered at the case hearing.
I highly recommend you to any solicitor for getting a good job done at SDT.
A grateful Asian solicitor from East London."
"Jon, May I say how impressed I have been with both your knowledge, advice and attention to detail throughout this very stressful time, along with your extremely comprehensive and robust response, to what ultimately were accepted as baseless allegations, without any need for further investigation or clarification."
"When we were notified by the SRA that we were being investigated, we initially had representation in place straight away. Our representative fell ill just as the SDT proceedings had commenced and we found ourselves without representation and a number of deadlines to meet. After contacting several solicitors, I came across Jon. He was extremely approachable, down to earth and gave me confidence that he truly wanted to help us. His wealth of experience and knowledge was very impressive. Jon took our very complex case on at short notice without hesitation.
The SRA had alleged dishonestly, and their investigation covered 4 years, all of which were heart breaking and full of anxiety.
When drafting the Answers to the SDT, not only did he demonstrate his impeccable knowledge and experience in his field, he also demonstrated excellent writing ability. He approached each and every issued raised by the SRA in detail and took all we had to say into account.
It was never too much for Jon, he would ensure we held our meetings when it was suitable for us. During these meetings, he always provided clear and sound advise as well as listening intently to our responses.
Our hearing at the SDT lasted 3 days, and Jon’s advocacy skills were exceptional. Not only was he a truly professional and knowledgeable advocate, he proved to be a great support to us at an extremely difficult time.
We walked out of the SDT with the allegation of dishonesty unproven. Jon had stated that he wanted us to enter the SDT as solicitors and leave as solicitors. This is exactly what was achieved thanks to him.
We are eternally grateful and cannot thank Jon enough."
“I called Jonathan in a serious amount of distress following an email I received from the SRA. He was courteous, approachable and empathetic to the situation and made me feel at ease with the situation as best as he could.
Given the circumstances, I chose Jonathan just not for his technical proficiency but also for who he is as a person and that someone I could relate to.
His approach to dealing with the SRA was top notch and bore an excellent result as well as dispel all the anxiety I had carried around for months.
Highly recommended and would just place my eternal thanks for all his help."
"I was told by my firm that they had decided to report me to the sra. I immediately knew I had to get some representation and it needed to be the best. I was recommended to Jonathan Goodwin. I was told he had worked both prosecuting and defending so he seemed like an ideal choice.
The last 2 years have been difficult and stressful for me and I have been so worried about being struck off. The biggest comfort was knowing that I had the best representation on my side throughout.
Jonathan’s attention to detail is peerless. He has been on both sides of the argument so is able to offer sensible and considered advice. He was also able to give me the comfort I needed when I was feeling overwhelmed and when things looked bleak.
Despite our best efforts my case went to a tribunal. Again Jonathan was a massive comfort. His summing up was superb and is a truly great advocate. He knows this area of the law backwards. He also genuinely cares about his clients. You really feel that both him and his lovely team care about your case and you are more than just a client.
I got a really good result and I owe that to him. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Top man and top lawyer, although I don’t want to need him again!"
"I think you achieved an amazing result, given the nature of the issues raised by the SRA.
I must admit that at first I wasn’t sure whether to seek representation, but now I know that it was the right thing to do. Your involvement immediately took a great amount of pressure off my shoulders and your vast knowledge and experience in dealing with the SRA shone through all the way to an excellent result. I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone in a similar position to mine.
"Jonathan Goodwin is clearly an expert in his field. He was always available and on hand when needed. He was prompt with his responses to questions and provided sensible and practical advice which obviously comes from years of experience working in this field. He showed great knowledge of the area and provided a a very professional service with excellent client care skills. I would not hesitate in recommending Jon."
"I contacted several regulatory solicitors for help when the SRA first set out the allegations against me. The quotes I received from each solicitor varied significantly. Although Jon’s quote was a little more than some of the others, in my eyes this was justified as he had significant experience working for the SRA investigating cases like mine. He understood the gravity of my circumstances and explained the likely route of the SRA, which would potentially have been a referral to the SDT that could have been career ending.
Jon expertly crafted a response to the SRA that demonstrated his vast industry experience and his ability to foresee and engage with every point the SRA were likely to consider in my case. He called on historical and recent case law and his arguments clearly demonstrated he knew how the SRA worked. I would never have been able to draft arguments nearly as thorough if I had represented myself. Jon’s inside knowledge is second to none and pervaded the management of and correspondence with the SRA.
After a lengthy wait of 6 months, the SRA decided no further action would be taken. Jon’s response to the SRA had saved my career. His insight and experience dealing with the SRA had clearly made all the difference. I can now put this stressful event behind me.
In choosing to work with Jon, you will feel reassured but importantly, he will tell you exactly where you stand. It is vitally important to confront the circumstances when dealing with a regulatory body, Jon helps you stand up and enables you to present your very best case.
I have no hesitation in recommending Jon to fellow professionals.”
I would like to thank you for the efficient and responsive service throughout. It has been a huge help to have had representation from someone with such a wealth of experience in this area, which I am sure was instrumental in achieving an excellent outcome."
"I would like to thank Jon for all his hard work and perseverance when dealing with my case with the RICS. Jon literally held my hand through what can only be described as a very stressful time, not only in my professional career but also in my personal life.
With his expert knowledge, understanding and experience with the RICS, I felt a huge burden taken off my shoulders.
I could have used another solicitor that was half the price or even represented myself, however having read the reviews on Jon’s website, I bit the proverbial bullet & went ahead with Jon’s quote. On reflection, I feel that Jon’s-professionalism and well thought out response to the RICS, feel it was value for money.
I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone dealing with a case with the RICS.
Thank You Jon."
"I could not recommend Jonathan highly enough for the way & manner that he dealt with my case & represented me against an extremely Arbitrary & draconian SRA & SDT .Nothing was too much trouble for him & his invaluable support & advise was Second to Non during an extremely stressful , challenging & difficult time i was faced with.. Jon is extremely approachable, calm & reassuring and dealt with everything , due to his extensive knowledge & experience, in a highly efficient & professional manner which could not be faulted."
“Dealing with the SRA can sometimes feel like a lottery full of twists and turns and whilst I initially thought I held the expertise to deal with the same as a seasoned litigation lawyer, it became clear relatively quickly that I needed a specialist who could take an objective view and provide the best advice in connection with my circumstances. On this occasion I was fortunate to stumble across Jonathan as a result of some research and am pleased that I did. Jonathan provided a no nonsense service and from the outset got to the crux of the matter with ease and set about devising a strategy and an agreed course of action for me to consider approve. Needless to say he achieved an excellent result enabling me to move forward with my practice. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him”.
"When facing what was probably the worst and most terrifying moment of my career; I instructed Jonathan. What a formidable Advocate. I could not have found a more experienced, knowledgeable and brilliant Lawyer. Thanks to Jonathan's representation I am starting my exciting new role; which a short time ago, seemed impossible.
Thank you I will never forget what you did for me."
"I instructed Jon the moment I was notified that the SRA were investigating me, and I would advise anyone to do the same. Jon is immediately able to put things in context, explain what may happen and liaise with the SRA on your behalf. This adds real value when you are going through such a difficult and emotional time and when anxiety may undermine your better judgment. The investigation in my case took an extremely long time; however, Jon made robust submissions to the SRA regarding the impact of the delay on my mental health and highlighted repeatedly to them the apparent defects in the case. Ultimately, the SRA confirmed no further action would be taken and closed their file. This has, without doubt, been the most difficult and stressful time in my life. Jon was extremely responsive and able to help me rationalise and keep grounded when my feelings risked overwhelming me, and in particular when my anxiety risked me reading more into things than I should have done. My advice to anyone facing a similar situation would be 'don't ever go through this alone and don't hesitate to get in touch with Jon".
"Jon provided me with timely and helpful advice concerning issues with my character and suitability to be admitted to practise as a solicitor. As a lawyer from another jurisdiction, I was unfamiliar with the SRA’s procedures and standards, but Jon took the time to explain the entire process and relevant legal/regulatory standards. With his help, I received a positive decision from the SRA. I particularly appreciate Jon’s willingness to accommodate my budgetary constraints and his professionalism when addressing highly sensitive matters."
"When we realised we needed to self-report to the SRA Jon gave us invaluable advice about how best to deal with this. Jon’s extensive knowledge and experience in this area coupled with his approachability made the whole process much easier for us to deal with. I cannot thank Jon enough for his help and support over the past few months. I would not hesitate to recommend Jon to anyone requiring assistance in dealing with regulatory matters."
"When I was notified that I was being investigated by the SRA I was devastated. I rang 3 Solicitors that day. Only 1 of them had the courtesy to ring me back and that was outside of normal working hours. I knew within about 5 minutes of talking to Jon that this was the person to have on my side and fighting for me. He never promised anything that he couldn’t deliver and always delivered what he promised. He provided a clear steer on the processes and timescales and financial costs. His team would know who I was when I called and were similarly understanding and always passed messages on promptly. I cannot thank Jon and his team enough for their help and support throughout the most difficult time of my professional career."
"Jon was helpful and informative from the very first conversation we had. He put my mind at ease straight away and I felt confident that he was the right person to represent me during my SRA investigation. Jon was able to answer my queries without hesitation or delay and I am overjoyed with the result."
"I spent a long time researching a solicitor who had the knowledge and experience required to deal with a SRA investigation. Jon had received excellent reviews online so he was one of the first solicitors I called regarding an email I had received from the SRA in relation to an investigation into conduct. From the moment I explained my situation to Jon I felt calm, he managed my expectations and explained the possible outcomes, there was no judgement. He promptly wrote a detailed and technical response to the SRA. I knew I was in safe hands.
I am delighted to be writing this review having received an email from the SRA to confirm the investigation has concluded and no further action will be taken. If you are in a similar situation and are looking for the best possible person to represent you – I urge you to call Jon immediately."
"Mr Goodwin was approachable and professional in all instances of this case. He has been an enormous help for me in this entire process, and I am very grateful for his expertise. I would most definitely recommend his services."
"From my first telephone call to the date on which the SRA closed their file with no further action, Jonathan was a reassuring and highly professional adviser, with extensive knowledge of the workings of the SRA and professional conduct issues. He was clear at the outset as to the costs options available to me. His response to the issues raised by the SRA with a full and detailed explanation of the background and relevant principles provided both a clear rebuttal of the allegations raised against me and a staunch defence of my professional integrity. At a time when you feel your whole career has been put under threat, he is a friend in whom you can have absolute trust."
"I was very impressed by the service and advice received from Jon from the very first contact I made. Having spoken to a couple of solicitors I instantly felt reassured and comfortable that Jon was the most experienced and best person to help me in this situation which I never dreamed of being put in. It was never too much for Jon to explain matters and take the time to fully understand my situation. I would not hesitate in recommending Jon to anyone that finds themselves in a similar situation. Thank you very much Jon, your assistance and support during this difficult time will never be forgotten."
“I instructed Jon as soon as I was notified of an SRA Investigation. He was open, honest and reassuring. He is very knowledgeable of the entire investigation process and assisted me in responding to the SRA. His advice and support was of great assistance through the difficult process. If the need arises again I would instruct him again without hesitation. I would highly recommend his services.”
"Jon acted for me in successfully restoring my name to the roll of solicitors in a strongly contested case. It was apparent to me from the outset that Jon is known and his views highly respected by members of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal panel. This is because he has a wealth of legal knowledge relating to solicitors disciplinary/regulatory matters. These factors, when combined with his exemplary and composed presentation skills, resulted in Jon preparing and pitching my case in a highly professional manner. This eased my burden and, best of all, I was granted the result I desired. All in all - excellent service and price. Would I recommend him? - absolutely!"
Well, I am truly lost for words. The last 12 months have been very challenging for me personally. On opening an email from the SRA stating that they were investigating me I felt like my world was falling apart, and all after so many years of study and hard work.
I decided to instruct a solicitor to represent and advise me and in doing so I contacted a number of Solicitors to assist. Needless to say after speaking with you I knew exactly who I wanted to instruct. You gave me confidence from our very first conversation and made me feel like someone was fighting my corner. You explained everything clearly and you were incredibly kind and helpful.
The letter you drafted in response to the SRA was fantastic, and clearly showed your wealth of experience and expertise.
You were only ever a phone call away and would reassure me during the agonising wait for a response from the SRA.
Finally, when the SRA made their decision that they were taking no further action, you called me and gave me the terrific news over the phone. I cried from sheer joy of knowing that this nightmare was over and I honestly cannot thank you enough, you restored my faith in fairness and I although I hope and do not expect to ever have to instruct you again, I have no hesitation in saying you are the only solicitor I would ever use or recommend for such matters.
You were worth every penny and more, and words cannot express how truly thankful I am. I owe you my career.
And honestly thank you so much, I will be forever grateful."
"Dealing with the SRA is an extremely stressful prospect – so it’s crucial to instruct someone who puts you at ease and makes you feel like you are putting the best possible case forward. Jon is that person – his background working for the SRA is a huge asset, and his breadth of experience and expertise shone through at every turn. I am so grateful to have had him on my side during such a trying time. Not only did he achieve the best possible result for me, he also made me feel calm and well taken care of during the process. Thank you Jon!"
Thank you so much for taking my case.
From our very first conversation, you instilled me with the confidence to trust you. Your wealth of experienced was evident... You made me feel safe. I was able to go into hospital for my baby’s delivery and recover from a complicated c-section with the knowledge that this case was in your capable hands. You kept me informed every step of the way and you were very sensitive to my situation.
I know I cried on the phone when you called to share the fantastic news that the SRA will take no action on my matter but I need you to know they were tears of joy. Words alone can never truly express my gratitude to you. I am thankful for the strong representations which you put on my behalf to the SRA. I am 100 percent certain that your compelling argument was the only driver to their decision.
My mental health and professional reputation was at stake and it feels good to know that I will end this very peculiar year without such a dark cloud hanging over me.
Thank you Thank you Thank you.
God bless you abundantly."
‘Jon is intelligent, sharp and a true expert in his field. I was reported to the sra for a complex background of reasons but ultimately the report was without merit. Jon grasped the facts of my case with ease and then portrayed the true situation to the sra so eloquently I couldn’t have put it better myself. Jon persuaded the sra to take no further action and restored my integrity. I genuinely couldn’t recommend him enough, high end lawyer. Thank you Jon.’
"I found you to be very efficient and supportive, you acted in my best interests and provided great assistance and guidance. The outcome of the investigation was the best result I could have hoped for and it was all due to your great legal knowledge and understanding of the SRA procedures along with you providing the relevant guidance and support. This outcome could not have been achieved without you and I am eternally grateful for all you have done."
"Jon acted for me when I was brought before the SDT following complaints that I had acted without several aspects of the integrity required from Solicitors.
His knowledge and understanding of the process and legal structure of the SDT was first class, and he knew what arguments and defences to present at particular times during the proceedings.
He was able to direct the relevant comments to the Tribunal in order to obtain the best possible result for me.
During the several months that this matter covered, I always felt that Jon was on top of the case, and able to provide me with the reassurance I needed that I would benefit from his vast experience in this field of law.
Although the final result was not what I had hoped, the ruling of the Tribunal ended up being a lot better than it might have been."
I just wanted to express my sincerest gratitude for your help with my recent matter with the SRA. Your response to them was thorough and very detailed. I just cannot explain the enormous relief I felt after you informed me that they had closed their case.
If any solicitor finds themselves being investigated by the SRA, then all I can say from my own personal experience, please please do not underestimate how valuable it is to have professional representation. I can assure you from the moment you instruct Jonathan, he will do absolutely everything in his capacity where possible to maintain your career and reputation and fight very fiercely for you, which he did so brilliantly for me!
Jonathan your vast knowledge of solicitors regulatory rules, your years of experience and your professional in-depth response to the SRA was extremely reassuring and ultimately proved invaluable in supporting my case and there being no case to answer. I know the outcome can never be guaranteed but you certainly put me in good stead with the response you prepared which you advised me was the best way to proceed. Your colleagues are equally amazing and Sharon, thank you for being so compassionate every time I have called, and for being so kind throughout this ordeal.
You really are guardian angels. I just can’t thank you enough for restoring my career and reputation."
I want to take this opportunity of expressing my sincere thanks for the work you undertook on my behalf.
I cannot express my gratitude for your hard work and dedication to my case and the outcome that you achieved. From the first tine I called you to the end result you were thoroughly committed to the cause and completely professional as was every member of your team.
There were many times that I burdened you unnecessarily but you never failed to take my call and always was a reassuring but also honest voice. The result you achieved was as a result of hard work , dedication and ultimately confidence In Your own knowledge and expertise. When the SRA attempted to renege on original discussions you were resolute in your stance and that determination and confidence in your advice and position resulted in the outcome you always said was appropriate and proportionate.
Not only are you an excellent lawyer, your a kind and good man and I can’t thank you enough for being there through the most difficult time of my life
"I contacted Jon in a state of anxiety and turmoil having received a letter out of the blue informing me that an investigation was being launched into my conduct and feared that my career was in jeopardy.
Jon was professional, warm, down to earth, factual and to the point. Jon informed me of the process, steps to be taken and was clear and friendly. Following our initial telephone conversation, I was in no doubt that I wished to instruct him to act on my behalf and put my case across. Jon was great in advising me what he needed from me, and acted promptly and without delay in drafting the response required. During the current climate and pandemic, we were all navigating uncharted water, Jon did so with professionalism, whilst maintaining a humanistic approach and appreciating the anxieties and stress I was experiencing.
My case concluded with no further action by the SRA and I feel that instructing Jon to act on my behalf was worth every penny. He took away some of the burden of my worry and his wealth of experience, approachability, professionalism whilst maintaining kindness is something that I am extremely grateful for and helped me through a very difficult time.
I would not hesitate in recommending Jon's services."
"When I was first notified of an investigation into my conduct by my professional body, I was shocked! I had done nothing wrong and as the shock wore off, I knew it was best to seek legal advice and remove the emotion from the situation.
I approached a number of solicitors to get some initial advise. The first few solicitors set about scaremongering and then laying out their extensive expertise and quoting large legal fees for their work. By the time I got around to contacting Jon, I was feeling extremely hopeless. That changed after I spoke with him.
From the onset, Jon was very pleasant and professional. Jon has a very calm and can do nature about him. I was instantly at ease and felt the situation would be in hand under Jon's guidance. He was the only solicitor who took the time to understand my case before laying out his advice on the best way to move forward. Jon was upfront in addressing that he had no previous experience in dealing with ny particular professional body, however, he reassured me that the principles behind such cases were similar, if not the same, for such investigations. He evaluated the work that would be required, and provided me with an upfront fee based on that. Jon was considerate of the fact that I am a Trainee and he kept his cost at the lower end for me. This is a demonstration of the type of person he really is.
The timelines surrounding my case were tight and Jon worked to turn my response around quickly. Jon's approach was to stop the investigation early on and prove there was no merit to the allegation made. The response to my professional body was extremely well drafted and ultimately the investigation was dismissed.
Throughout the whole process I was able to contact Jon at any point, and if he wasn't immediately available, he would always get back to me very quickly. His team are also extremely professional and helpful in escalating queries for Jon's attention. Even during a pandemic, there was always someone on the end of the phone to take my call!
All in all, this was an extremely worrying time for me and Jon, I cannot thank you enough for helping me. I wish you every success and would give my full endorsement to your legal services and expertise. To anyone seeking help against a professional misconduct allegation, Jon is one of the best out there!"
"Jon has been very approachable and reassuring whilst managing my expectations from the very start after I found myself in a very difficult situation following a notification from the SRA of their intention to refer the matter to the SDT. Jon stood out thanks to his expertise and past experience which means he can put both hats on (that of the SRA prosecutor and that of the defence). In the end, he was able to persuade the SRA to change their decision and obtain the best possible outcome; all of it for a very reasonable fee. I would not hesitate to recommend him to any other solicitor facing disciplinary proceedings."
I wanted to thank you for getting me re-admitted back onto the Roll of Solicitors.
Due to complex personal circumstances I had voluntarily removed myself and had no idea that getting re-admitted was anything more than completing some documents and paying a fee.
I laboured for months by myself and the expression “a person who acts for himself has a fool for a client” comes to mind. Never was a truer word said.
From the moment I instructed you, I knew I was in safe hands.
You were efficient, you anticipated how the SRA would react and your drafting exceeded my expectations.
At no time did you give me false hope. Despite the SRA initially appearing to be going to come to a contrary conclusion, I have been, through you, resorted to the roll and I will forever be thankful.
If anyone finds themselves in a position of engaging with the SRA and thinks they can do it themselves, think again and I would suggest that their first port of call should be Jon Goodwin. A true expert.”
“Jonathan came highly recommended to us when we faced issues with our regulator. We wanted someone who could deal with the issues at hand in a sensible and timely fashion with as little impact to our reputation as possible. Through Jonathan’s calm and pragmatic approach, we were able to achieve a desirable outcome with little push back from the regulator.”
"I had been dealing with RICS in a drawn-out investigation.
Jonathan provided concise and expert advice and took my responses to date and provided case law along with a well considered written response drawing on personal references, evidence and his own vast experience. I could not recommend Jonathan enough to anyone looking to ease their stress levels.
My case went from initially being referred to a disciplinary hearing when dealing with it on my own to no further action required after Jonathan's involvement."
"Jonathan provided clear, calm and reassuring advice from the outset to conclusion.of my difficult situation. His detailed prompt written responses, I feel, had a significant influence on the successful resolution of my dealings with the RICS. He has an exceptional understanding of the regulatory rules and relevant case law to put forward an evidenced, concise and carefully worded more balanced case reflecting the correct position.
He is definitely someone you would want to represent you and I have no hesitation in recommended him to anyone requiring his invaluable advocacy services."
“ I can’t thank Jonathan enough having received notification that no action is to be taken against me by the SRA. From the first phone call with Jonathan, I felt instantly calmer, reassured and that my career was in safe hands. His knowledge and experience is outstanding. His advice was clear throughout and undoubtedly his presence at my SRA interview made a significant difference in bringing to matters to a close at an early stage. Jonathan was recommended to me and in turn, I cannot recommend him highly enough”
"Like all professionals I am proud of my achievements and the role that I play in the lives of my clients yet I felt that all of that could have been destroyed on the day that I received the letter from the SRA advising me that an historic event in my career was being investigated. Upon speaking to a former colleague and friend, Jonathan Goodwin was recommended to me as THE person to speak to. I called Jon’s office and even though it was late in the working day I was able to speak to someone who arranged for Jon to call me. The extreme anxiety that I felt at this time was allayed when speaking to Jon because of his calmness, professionalism and breadth of knowledge about the process and the mind-set of the SRA. The thought of the ongoing investigation was never far away but I felt that I had taken back control of the situation by instructing Jon. His reply to the SRA on my behalf was extremely well crafted and was presented in such a way as to lead them to a natural conclusion. My case, I realise, could have gone either way and everything in my life could have changed. Having Jon on my side made a enormous difference to the outcome of the investigation and I shall remain extremely grateful to him for everything that he has done for me. If you find yourself in this situation please do call Jon."
"I would like to thank you for your expertise and assistance in resolving issues raised by the SRA with a positive outcome for ourselves . Your professionalism and support was really appreciated at that difficult time and I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone facing an SRA investigation . Your service was Invaluable."
"I am very impressed with Jonathan's resolution of my case, without a hearing, by way of an agreed outcome and a fine, in an instance where I had a criminal record and was really looking at a much more severe sanction from my regulator.
Jonathan is in a unique position of having also worked for the SRA, before switching sides, during his 25 years' in practice.
I have Jonathan to thank for quite frankly saving my chosen career, a career I worked hard to build and which was under threat for over 15 months, until the resolution finally came.
Jonathan is a straight-talker, there's no ton of legalese or lengthy advise to ponder, he gives it to you straight, he lets you understand that you are under no illusions that the situation is dire, but he will do his best, using his experience and contacts, to get the best outcome possible under the circumstances, which I must admit is exactly what happened in my case, just as I was beginning to lose hope.
Jonathan thinks strategically and knows the regulator rules inside-out (in my case, he was, effectively, telling the tribunal what their own rules are, that's how well-versed he is) and is realistic about what negotiations and outcomes can be achieved in the circumstances.
He also offers value for money - in that the fees I paid him for my case were a fraction of what was quoted to me by another law firm.
All in all, I have Jonathan to thank for me remaining in my chosen profession and I cannot recommend him enough to anybody who finds themselves in trouble with the SRA (or other regulatory bodies)."
“Regulatory law, particularly in relation to SRA issues, is a very challenging battlefield and it is most reassuring to have an ally who enjoys formidable experience and ability in this highly specialised area. Jon personifies “outcomes focused” in his solution driven approach, delivering excellent results by reason of his commanding presence and presentation. He is a master of the brief, well communicated in his engagement, creating an immediate incentive for sensible dialogue and satisfactory, cost-effective , resolution.”
"Upon being contacted by the SRA just before close of business on the Thursday before an Easter Bank Holiday weekend, I was left in a very worried and anxious state with, seemingly, nowhere to turn until the following Tuesday at the earliest. I immediately contacted a number of solicitors by email with a view to obtaining some advice. Not only was Jon good enough to respond to me out of working hours over a bank holiday weekend and schedule a call for Good Friday (no less!), he also put my mind instantly at rest.
Jon has an extremely practical and reassuring approach which is greatly needed when being faced with the enormous pressure of potentially losing one's career and livelihood. Jon was cool, calm and collected and left me feeling positive after our first conversation; something that I wouldn't have thought was at all possible at the time.
Jon reviewed the notification from the SRA and proceeded to discuss with me a way forward drawing on an impressively wide and detailed knowledge of the SRA's practices and procedures as well as an expert command of both law and strategy. I was presented with an immediate plan and some contingencies depending on how the SRA decided to play things.
The SRA were initially reluctant to disclose information to us but Jon not only managed to obtain this from them, he also took the time to really get to grips with my background, the situation giving rise to the investigation and then to prepare a detailed response setting out my position and the basis on which we opposed the SRA's continuing investigation. Jon's representations led to a very quick dismissal by the SRA and a discontinuance of their investigation.
I firmly believe that it was these representations which drew on my background, the context of the situation and an extraordinary combination of SRA guidance, policy and case law that won the day; none of which I believe could have been as effectively put together if it weren't for Jon's great care and meticulous dedication in fully understanding all aspects of the matter.
This was an extremely horrible time for me but Jon was the consummate professional and made me feel reassured and supported every step of the way. The fact that he always took the time to respond either by telephone or email could not have been appreciated more; in a situation like this it is often just the reassurance of a brief response that stops you from losing your thread and Jon was enormously reliable and reassuring in that regard (and all others too!). If I were ever to find myself in this situation or a similar one in the future, Jon would be my first call.
I cannot thank Jon enough for what he did for me and I cannot recommend his service enough to any and all who might need it. The reviews all proved true and the investment was definitely worth it!"
Retired Licensed Conveyancer
"I carried out extensive research on an appropriate solicitor for me at a very stressful time. I identified Jonathan Goodwin as ideal in the circumstances. I was not disappointed!
Jonathan was pragmatic, proactive and thorough. An excellent adviser to have on your side"
"We found ourselves in a potentially difficult situation with the RICS following a complaint that had been raised against us that had the potential to cause serious issues for the firm. Jonathan has a clear understanding of disciplinary procedures and used his experience to guide myself and the company through the initial investigation. He drafted a response on our behalf that dealt with the important issues and resulted in the RICS concluding that we did not have a case to answer. I would recommend him to other Survey Firms who find themselves having to deal with the RICS and will not hesitate to use him again if the need should arise, although I sincerely hope we never have cause to."
"When I first contacted Jonathan solely on account of his impressive experience, I was a bag of nerves and consumed by worry. Prior to calling Jonathan's firm, I had called 2 other solicitors on this same matter.
Jon called back promptly and what followed gave me such confidence, that I had someone who not only was interested in fighting my corner, but left me with no doubt that he was extremely competent and knew his stuff. His explanation of the procedure and rules was second to none. He followed our initial telephone conversation with emails and kept me updated throughout the engagement.
I had prior to speaking with Jon thought a satisfactory resolution seemed nigh on impossible.
Not only was he able put my case across to the SRA in a professional but empathetic manner, he offered options and all the re-assurance needed. His professional, detailed and strong representation left me in no doubt of the strength of his argument. The SRA closed the matter without further action.
To say I am a satisfied client is to say the least. Jon is the man you need on your side when you are under SRA investigation.
I are eternally grateful for his service and I recommend Jon without reservation any day."
"I was in the unfortunate position to require the services of Jonathan Goodwin following a surprise visit from the SRA. I can honestly say that the past 3 years have been the worst profession experience of my life having practised as a solicitor, with an unblemished record, for over 20 years. Whilst I appreciate, as a profession, we have to have a regulator, unfortunately the way that the SRA treats solicitors and conducts their investigations is appalling. Throughout the investigation I was kept completely in the dark by the SRA and made to feel like a criminal. Throughout this whole process Jonathan Goodwin has been exceptional, with his non- judgmental approach and wealth of knowledge and experience. With his help we were able to provide a robust defence to the allegations which resulted in the best possible outcome all round. There is no doubt in my mind that without Jonathan’s help I would have been facing a 5 day hearing in the SDT. I also believe that when the SRA see Jonathan’s name on the case they do take note.
Having spent his entire career dealing with SRA prosecutions, there is very little that he hasn’t dealt with both in and out of the SDT, he really is a true expert in the field. I cannot thank Jonathan enough for all his help and reassurance during this extremely difficult time."
"SRA investigations are a traumatic time - Jon’s advice and support was direct, concise and professional he’s an expert in his field and I can’t thank him enough."
Thank you so much Jonathan. I am waking up to the best news since this issue started some years ago now.
We couldn't have done it without you. Your advice was excellent, you managed our expectations well but at the same time ensured we never lost hope. We were impressed with your knowledge of not only the technical aspects of our case but also the inner workings of the the SRA. It was invaluable to have you on our side. Your response to the SRA on our behalf was excellently drafted with the appropriate case law to back up our argument. You managed to turn round the draft response very quickly. We are so grateful to you. Thank you once again."
I was extremely anxious about the SDT hearing but had the very great fortune of you accepting instructions to represent me at the two day hearing. As soon as I spoke with you on the phone and in person I knew straight away that I was in good hands but more than that your empathy meant a lot to me. As a gamekeeper turned poacher (if you allow) it was a great comfort to me that you were familiar with the likely SRA tactics and able to point out their errors. Your knowledge and expertise of the rules, regulations and case law, it very soon became apparent, is second to none. Your approach in trying to negotiate an agreed outcome and do away with the hearing, although rejected on the part of the SRA, was much appreciated as I would much rather not have had to give evidence.
Your tactics on day one to go on the offensive and to try to knock out the three allegations was impressive and while it succeeded in knocking out one and your excellent advocacy very nearly succeeded in knocking out the other two we were stymied by the Tribunal bench. At that point I confess I was deflated but with your encouragement you made me believe that we still had good arguments. Your tactic to call me to give evidence straightaway was inspired and worked as, in my opinion, the cross examination by the SRA Advocate was neither very detailed or aggressive. Whereas your advocacy was exceptional, at one point you even got the SRA barrister to agree to your way of thinking! After a very detailed summing up by you which really left the Tribunal with no room to manoeuvre towards a decision against me we won and all allegations were dismissed. A really exceptional result. Thank you!
You explained that the SRA no longer instructs you. Well all I can say is more fool them and good luck to professionals who need really exceptional representation. Without being cheeky, your name really says it all; Goodwin!
I would not have the slightest hesitation in recommending your services to any professional and am already spreading the news of your talent.
Thank you again Jon for all you did for me. Very best wishes for the future."
“From the very first conversation with Jonathan, I was imbued with confidence, in light of his deep expertise and excellent client manor. He grasped the complex issues swiftly and immediately provided a sensible strategic plan to tackle the issues. I also found he was both amenable and responsive, and his final drafting second to none. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending his services, given his superior expertise in this field”.
"Having had to instruct Jonathan for a second time I have found him to be compassionate, forthright and effective. His advice is clear and precise even when the matter seems illogical and his effective drafting has meant the matter has been dealt with, with minimum fuss and achieving the desired outcome efficiently and at the first time of asking. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jonathan, a definite Ace to have up your sleeve!"
"Jonathan is a very experienced solicitor with a vast knowledge of procedural law in terms of handling complaints. I contacted Jonathan when a complaint was made against me by a former client who was unhappy that I would not perform certain ‘reserved activities’ which I was not legally qualified nor equipped to do. Due to this being my first complaint, and having severe anxiety over the thought of losing my credibility with the organisations I belonged too, I contacted Jonathan who prepared a reply which found me fully exonerated from the false allegations posed against me. Jonathan’s pricing is very reasonable and he was very understanding always at the other end of the phone or email.
Although this complaint was not the biggest, Jonathan handled it professionally and executed a reply in a very timely manner. If another complaint was ever to arise I would instruct Jonathan straight away!"
"I have received the decision that confirms the exceptional result you have achieved for me.
I write to you to express my gratitude for such a high quality of your professional involvement, for your outstanding devotion to me, your client, the speed with which you intervened and obtained results and for the incomparable and unforeseen outcome.
Being a lawyer myself, I perfectly understand that in your person I had chosen the best of the best!"
Registered Foreign Lawyer.
"Instructing Jon was one of the best investments I have ever made. After seeing Jon in action in the SDT, particularly his cross examination of the witnesses, I stand by that comment.
In terms of his Advocacy and Cross examination, we have all see Courtroom dramas on television where an advocate cross examines a witness where the effect is theatrical and explosive. Jon’s cross examination during my case can only be described in the same way. During cross examination Jon remained calm, he was measured yet at the same time his cross examination of the witnesses for the SRA had the same theatrical and explosive effect that Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson’s performance had in the famous movie A few Good Men.
The witnesses were not credible. Jon’s cross examination was well planned, well prepared and his approach had the effect of eliciting information and admissions from the witness. He had the ability to not only obtain the truth from them but also have them make admissions that they were untruthful. I have been doing court work for nearly 15 years; I have never seen an advocate with cross examination skills akin to Jon’s. I have never seen a trial in person which could have been part of a Hollywood movie. The result was that after Cross examination of the witnesses and obtaining admissions from them, Jon was able to make an application of No Case to Answer and the Tribunal dismissed 11 allegations of misconduct with 5 allegations of dishonesty. I am so pleased as the allegations could have ended my career. Fortunately I can now look to the future having had my name cleared and been vindicated of the allegations which were false and untrue. I doubt a lesser experienced advocate than Jon could have obtained the same result. I know I could not have and I consider myself to be reasonably skilled.
Solicitors wanting to advance their careers can literally spend hundreds and thousands on attending Advocacy Courses. After seeing Jon in action, my advice, save your money on training courses, find out when Jon is going to be in Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, go along to sit in public gallery and watch him in action, you will learn a lot and save a fortune. I may have been defending my name and my career, and I am hopeful I can get back to court work soon, I have been making notes based on Jon’s performance for next time I represent a client in court and next time I have an opportunity to cross examine, although it will take years to get to the level of Jon’s advocacy skills."
“Having had the threat of an SRA investigation hanging over my head for 2 years I must reflect that the calm professionalism and knowledge of Jon has given me comfort and reassurance in a very testing period of my life. Despite being a solicitor of over twenty years I must reflect that I could not have written such well drafted and detailed letters as Jon did. Whilst I hope never to require Jon’s expertise again, I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone and everyone. I massive sincere appreciation to you for the well-reasoned method of dealing with such wide reaching investigations and achieving an excellent outcome of no further action”.
"I would just like to reiterate my sincere gratitude for all the strategic guidance, reassurances, plain talking and speed of response that you afforded me.
The past few weeks have been an incredibly worrying time for me both professionally and personally and I am delighted with the outcome of your discussions with RICS, which I could not have achieved without you or your knowledge of relevant caselaw, rules and regulations. Because of your involvement, I can now move on with my life and career!
I genuinely would not hesitate to recommend you to any other chartered surveyor that might be facing disciplinary action by the RICS.
Many thanks and all the very best to you."
"If you are faced with regulatory action by the SRA, then Jonathan Goodwin is the right person to approach. He has extensive knowledge of the rules and regulations and his support and guidance was invaluable during a stressful ordeal. He is extremely efficient and meticulous in his work and capable of producing excellent results which is evident from the outcome reached in the Adjudicator deciding not to impose any conditions on my practicing certificate. I would highly recommend Jonathan to anybody who is facing regulatory action."
"Receiving papers from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is a distressing time for any solicitor; however, Jon's calm manner in dealing with their application against me by preparing the necessary paperwork in response and liaising with the SRA's solicitors on my behalf gave me the reassurance I needed in order to deal with the resulting pressures. Jon is a specialist in his field and I am extremely grateful to him for his advice and support throughout."
"I have to start by saying that Jon Goodwin as a person and as a professional is simply the very best you will ever have the pleasure of encountering. As a professional he is absolutely incredible: proficient to the core, exceptionally talented, astute beyond belief and so detailed, you will believe that he has lived your case with you. I have never seen such careful consideration of the facts, such attention to detail and such in-depth knowledge of the law that applies to a case, nor have I ever had the pleasure of experiencing someone with such breadth and depth in knowledge and understanding of their speciality. Jon was always on point: there was nothing he missed and he knew every fact and every rule that applied to it. Jon’s written and oral advocacy on my behalf were breathtaking and so powerful that I can only describe him as nothing short of a miracle and worth his weight in gold. At the time I met Jon, I was facing a crippling dishonesty allegation that had come out of the blue after being under investigation already for over 2 years by the SRA and facing a potential strike off. I was terrified, anxiety filled constantly and unable to think or focus on anything. Jon literally saved my life. He managed with his unparalleled experience and knowledge to properly evidence that the dishonesty allegation was unsubstantiated and had it dropped. He then managed to have my case settled by way of an Agreed Outcome which he tirelessly negotiated on my behalf to get the best outcome possible, even when I thought it would be impossible to do so. Jon was not only exceptional as an advocate and solicitor but he was kind, caring and understanding. He actually treated me like a human being and I never felt like he marginalised any of my concerns. He was always available, always happy to explain things thoroughly and always there to ease the burden. I would recommend to anyone facing a regulatory issue to go straight to Jon and don’t bother looking anywhere else: there is no one better, stronger or smarter to succeed on your behalf than him. Thank you Jon - I will forever be grateful for your amazing hand in giving me back my life."
"I was recommended to Jonathan by a former SRA forensic investigator who had worked with him in dealing with investigations and prosecutions on behalf of the SRA.
Jonathan now only acts for individuals and firms under investigation by the SRA.
When I spoke to Jonathan to outline the difficulty that we had, I was immediately impressed by his knowledge and background.
The SRA were seeking from as an explanation of conduct in a particular matter. We had prepared our own response to the points raised, but it was evident from Jonathan’s draft response once we had instructed him just how important it was to rely on his experience.
His intimate working knowledge of the SRA and it’s overarching principles and ethos meant he could quote case law and rules and regulations in a way that we had no experience of, and his vastly improved and extended response led to the SRA immediately confirming they would be taking no further action.
I would not hesitate to unreservedly recommend Jonathan to anyone having difficulties with the SRA."
"I never give reviews, but occasionally in life something or someone is so brilliant that a review is warranted and this is one such occasion.
Anyone reading this is no doubt facing a disciplinary action by the SRA or other professional body. I was facing a charge of dishonesty amongst other allegations and the stress over the two and a half years was immeasurable, it subsumed my life. Another solicitor recommended Jon and I engaged his services. It was the best thing I ever did. From the very first 'phone call I knew that I had made the right decision. Jon was calm and measured. His knowledge of regulatory law is frankly outstanding. When dealing with my case I felt that I was his only client. He was honest, personable, down to earth and always on hand to guide me through the process, so I never felt alone.
My matter was referred to the SDT for a 3 day hearing and at that stage I just wanted to give up, but Jon's wise counsel stopped me from doing so and I am so glad I followed his advice.
Jon's advocacy is awesome. He completely demolished the SRA investigator under cross examination. I have honestly never seen anything like it. At that point I was so glad he was acting for me and not the SRA! The investigator even apologised to me twice during his evidence.
The SRA's allegations were not proved and I walked away with my life back. I cannot recommend Jon highly enough. So if you are reading this and you are facing such actions then please do not hesitate and engage Jon, you will not regret it."
I would like to start by saying again how very grateful I am for you and your incredible work. Your diligence, depth of knowledge, exceptional expertise, years of experience and the quality of your drafting and negotiating skills are in my view (and my experience) nothing short of phenomenal.
Thank you so very much for being so dedicated, for taking so much time and attention to understand my position, the details of the case, what I want to achieve and for giving me so much time to explain things thoroughly. I truly say this: you are an absolute credit and role model for how solicitors should be with their clients and cases.
I can only say that I am absolutely overjoyed and will be forever grateful."
"Jon Goodwin recently represented me before the SDT when allegations against me were dismissed following his submission that there was no case to answer.He conducted himself with aplomb, is clear thinking, industrious and has a profound knowledge of the relevant law in which he practises.I would have no hesitation in recommending his services to any professional who has the misfortune to have to appear before a disciplinary tribunal"
“It is very scary to receive a letter from the SRA, and it is hard to know where to turn. I made phone calls to a number of solicitors to represent me in this matter – some took several days to return my call, but Jon Goodwin called me back himself personally on the same day. His PA followed this up promptly and Jon gave me advice and reassurance very soon afterwards. This prompt service meant a lot to me at a very difficult time. I was delighted and extremely relieved that with Jon’s assistance the outcome was that the SRA decided to take no further action against me. I would certainly recommend Jon and his team to other solicitors facing SRA investigations.”
“The first lawyer I spoke to, a specialist in SRA investigations, informed me that I was ‘almost certainly going to be struck off’. I had started to look for alternative careers. Fortunately, someone recommended me to Jon, and he demonstrated incredible know-how of the law and practice, but moreover was passionate and approachable. I was looking at a contested trial with all the associated costs and stress but Jon managed to clear my name via detailed written representations. I would not hesitate to recommend him.”
"We have engaged Jonathan’s services on two occasions, the first in April 2018 when we were served notice of investigation by the SRA.
This had not been anticipated and after more than 30 years practice as a solicitor was somewhat of a shock to be the subject of an investigation.
We quickly realised that we would need expert legal advice and assistance and Jonathan was found upon recommendation. He gave very good early advice prior to my having to attend a meeting with two SRA investigators which was then followed by a file inspection.
There then following a period of constant pressure from the emailing of questions from the SRA which resulted in our having to devote a large amount of management time and caused great stress to the partners of the business. Jonathan was of great assistance in this time and prepared an extensive letter of response to the SRA which showed his experience and expertise in the area of SRA investigations and brought the investigation to an end.
After 9 months (!), we were then served with the investigation report and an Explanation of Conduct Letter in March 2019 and immediately engaged Jonathan’s services again. He prepared a great letter of response which was sent to SRA on 26th April and the following day(!), the SRA sent a letter confirming it was closing the file. This might very well be a record win!!
This was such a great result for Jonathan (and for this firm) and lifted the great pressure we were under of the SRA possibly taking the matter to Tribunal.
I cannot speak too highly for Jonathan’s ability and his empathy for the situation we encountered. He also has great insight into the SRA’s methods and thinking (having acted for them in an enforcement role for many years) which gives him an added “edge” over other Solicitor Advocates."
Partner, Law Firm
"I can only say a thousand times thank you, thank you, thank you Jon. Jonathan Goodwin is nothing short of incredible and in my view a life saver. In a time of deep distress worry and anxiety, facing false allegations of dishonesty, Jon Goodwin was calm, measured and most importantly responsive. Nothing was too small and too trivial to talk through and explain which gave me great comfort.
Thanks to Jon Goodwin’s incredible work and his exceptional knowledge of the SRA, the rules and the law, I was informed they would not be proceeding with dishonesty allegations that were absolutely awful. Jon Goodwin’s response to the allegations and his knowledge was so amazing and so powerful that it literally stopped them from going further on that matter. I am so grateful to have found Jon and I would say to anyone who is worryingly dealing with the stress of an SRA investigation to go to Jon Goodwin; if you want the best fighting chance of success, Jon Goodwin is the person to have in your corner."
"If you are faced with an sra investigation as I was it is a harrowing experience and lengthy process. You certainly need an expert to navigate on your behalf and advise. I found Jon Goodwin extremely professional, available when needed and sound in his advice and would happily recommend him. I was more than happy with the sra decision."
"Thank you for your support and patience throughout this very trying time following the SRA’s investigation.Your experience of SRA investigations was invaluable in negotiating a Regulatory Settlement Agreement and it is a great relief to put the whole process behind me ."
"When I had my difficulty with the SRA, Jonathan was fantastic with his approach, and whilst it was a very stressful time, he did his best to put my mind at rest and approached the situation sensibly with a plan of action that ultimately worked really well. He managed to set out the facts in such a methodical manner and coupled with his references to various judgements and commentaries, he convinced the SRA to make a u turn on their proposed restrictions over my certificate. It is such a relief to now have my full (and clear) practicing certificate again!"
I am writing to thank you for all of the outstanding work you have done for me since last August. Everything from the supportive initial telephone conversation, through to the superb analysis of the issues and exceptional written submissions to SRA, your guidance has been invaluable. If anyone ever wonders “Do I really need a lawyer to help me deal with the SRA, as I’m a lawyer myself?” the answer is a resounding “Yes, you do.” And with even more conviction I would say “You need Jon Goodwin.”
I tend to be sceptical of praise which seems contrived and over the top, whether it be of restaurants, hotels or other services. However I can assure you that the praise set out above is anything other than contrived or over the top. You have without doubt saved my legal career, and the words to thank you cannot be fulsome enough."
“ I have recently been the subject of investigation by the SRA. At a time when my emotions were high and my thought process sometimes illogical, Jonathan allayed by fears. He spoke to me in layman’s terms and in a manner that I could understand and digest. He didn’t pontificate or give me false hope. He was honest and to the point which I appreciated very much. He achieved the result that I craved and I will be eternally grateful. My integrity has been reinstated and my faith restored. I could not have done this without him and I thank him very much, so if you find that you are in a similar situation and you don’t know which way or who to turn to, I would suggest that you speak with Jonathan who will undoubtedly be able to make your situation better than it currently is”
I am writing to say how pleased I am with the outcome of my case.
As the saying goes, 'a lawyer who acts for himself has a fool for a client.'
The SRA brought serious charges against me and you took a lot of the worry from my shoulders at a difficult time. My case was resolved without a formal hearing. There is no way in which I could have achieved this result myself, and it is entirely due to your advice and expertise at all stages of my case that a huge weight has been lifted from me.
I am glad that I instructed you at an early stage, and thank you for the care and consideration you have given.
"A week after receiving the final decision of my case in a RICS disciplinary matter and the release of the anxiety of the last 18 months is starting to sink in.
Instructing Jon to act for me has preserved my career and was the best decision I could have possibly made.
From the off, Jon never failed to manage my expectations fairly and accurately. I appreciated his candid and frank manner as well as his expert ability to demystify every complex correspondence quickly and with the utmost professionalism. He identified the key issues with ease and his command of the process and ability to navigate me through it was an invaluable support. He did all of this with an approachability and a refreshing humanity.
In the final stages, his compelling summary of the key facts to the Panel, expertly and professionally prepared and delivered with clinical accuracy, secured me the very best possible outcome and my family and I will forever be grateful to him personally for this.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jon to others - I simply couldn't have afforded not to have him on my side."
'Jon recently acted for me in a regulatory matter. I could waffle on for pages regarding how impressed I was with Jon but in the interests of concision I will attempt to condense it into three points:
(i) In a time of undoubted panic, he is a calming influence which in my view is invaluable. His approach is well-informed but, importantly, sympathetic;
(ii) he is able to grasp the relevant issues with frightening efficiency. The matter he dealt with for me was peculiar to the area in which I practise but he was able to drill down to the nub of the issue with such efficacy that one could be forgiven for concluding that he was a seasoned practitioner in that area;
(iii) his drafting skills are exemplary. In my case, he prepared a persuasive and thoroughly well-drafted document which resulted in a no further action outcome.
I would unhesitatingly advise anybody who is in the unenviable position of facing regulatory action to utilise Jon’s services’.
"I am currently practicing as a solicitor running a small law firm. I was subject to a SRA Investigation which commenced over a year ago. My entire life was turned upside down. Every aspect of my life and practising career came into question. This has by far being the most difficult time in my life. Having Jon in my corner guiding me and dealing with my case was one of the best investments I have ever made.
I contacted Jon following recommendations by three other solicitors who had come across him. Two of whom he had prosecuted in the SDT on behalf of the SRA. It is a testament to his skills and expertise if solicitors he has prosecuted can in the future recommend him to others.
Jon is knowledgeable in regulatory matters. He has a wealth of experience of prosecuting solicitors and defending solicitors. This experience gives Jon confidence which I am sure will be reflected in his advocacy.
Jon not only gives good, sound legal advice but his advice is also practical. Jon appreciates the effect the Investigation and consequences of the SRA involvement are likely to have on the individual solicitor’s daily practice and the effect on the solicitor’s personal life and family. He acts with integrity, professionalism in all his dealings. I am grateful to Jon and his team for the support provided, I doubt I would have received the same outcome if I did not have Jon in my corner.
Jon is supported by two extremely good members of staff as back up. His office is efficient and well managed. Jon has good systems in place to ensure his work is always performed to an excellent standard and in a timely manner. Jon prepares well which is apparent when was able to recite facts in my case which even I had forgotten about. I would recommend Jon to anyone in need of assistance."
I am writing this immediately after my trial at the SDT. You have saved my career. I am in tears - I could have lost everything, but you have saved my career today as a Solicitor and I have my life back. I just cannot thank you enough.
All I can say - it was the best decision I ever made instructing you eighteen months ago and I am so very glad I did.
Any solicitor going through an SRA investigation and if they face going to the SDT would be completely misguided in not seeking representation.
You discovered flaws in their case and many inaccuracies. You were able to challenge the SRA on these points because of your vast amount of knowledge. Had I not instructed you the incorrect law would have been applied to my matter and the outcome would have been detrimental to me.
If anyone wants to give themselves any chance then they should get representation as soon as they can. I cannot emphasise this enough.
No solicitor wants to be before the SDT, but you fought for me all the way to the end, you knew my case inside out.
Your knowledge, intelligence and professional skill in dealing with such sensitive matters, which carry with them the most serious and potentially life-altering consequences is truly remarkable.
I witnessed first hand your in depth knowledge of regulatory law and case law that you cited which would prove relevant. Most importantly your advocacy. I have never witnessed anything like it but your cross examination, your submissions and the challenges you put to the SRA over this two day hearing I can only describe as phenomenal.
I have been through the darkest and most traumatic 18 months of my life and I can honestly say that your professional support and guidance throughout has been nothing short of outstanding.
You were clear from the outset in terms of managing expectations, timescales, negotiations that never came to fruition and at all times gave me straight and frank advice, in such a way that offered me much needed reassurance at the very lowest of points.
Your tremendous efforts have ensured that the correct law was applied and I received a just and fair outcome. And for that, me and my family are truly and eternally grateful.
Thank you Jonathan"
"I instructed Jonathan when faced with an investigation, and one which included an allegation of dishonesty. This could have had incredibly serious professional consequences. The dishonesty allegation in particular was a cause of considerable upset and distress, on both a professional and personal level.
Jonathan was, from the outset, a reassuring presence; calm, professional, and the voice of reason. His management of expectations was excellent.
After many months’ anxiousness, Jonathan responded in the matter on my behalf. I very soon thereafter received a phone call from Jonathan to let me know the matter was closed, and with no further action being taken.
I have no doubt whatsoever that Jonathan’s skilled correspondence, which conveyed my response with clarity, persuasiveness, and to the point, was the key to resolving this issue.
The reality of closure has, perhaps, not yet quite sunk in. I am though sure that instructing Jonathan was the best decision I could have made."
As you are no doubt aware, the SRA has notified us that they will not be proceeding with the complaint made against me. They have now closed the file. I want to thank you for the professional manner with which you have represented me in this matter. There is no doubt that your expertise shone right through the entire matter which no doubt resulted in the current outcome."
‘If you’ve got a problem with the SRA, Jonathan is the person you need on your side. He helps keep you calm, focussed and he deals with the scenario in an efficient and professional manner. He has years of experience with matters involving the SRA and I would highly recommend him to represent you in putting your side of the story to them and help fight your corner at a time when that is just what you need.’
"A massive thank you for all your help and guidance through one of the most stressful times of my life!
I am so glad that we contacted you from the very outset and followed your advice, especially when we had never been involved with the SRA before.
You empathised and listened to us and was honest and frank at the same time. I was so impressed with the way you responded to the SRA.
You remained professional and friendly throughout.
Thank you thank you thank you!!"
“We can't thank enough for Jonathan's assistance in dealing with a regulatory investigation that could have teared our firm apart. With his involvement, most part of the investigation was unsubstantiated and we can now look at the future more optimistic. We would highly recommend Jonathan and his firm as he is highly experienced, easy to work with and most importantly understand you and have a personal touch in the service”.
“Now Ive stopped crying with relief - the words THANK YOU x 1 million - are not enough, for making them see sense”.
“Having been a solicitor for 30 years, I had the sense to instruct a specialist to deal with a regulatory issue for me. Jon Goodwin’s advice was accurate and clear on both the law and the practicalities involved. He calmly managed expectations and was a steady influence at a fraught time. The happy outcome owed much to his contribution.”
I instructed Jonathan Goodwin after I was accused by the SRA of the most serious allegations of dishonesty, amongst other breaches of the Solicitors Codes of Conduct.
After 20 years of unblemished practice,
I found myself fighting for my professional life in a regulatory quagmire.
After taking my full instructions in what was a complex matter, Jonathan responded to the SRA with a detailed 28 page letter and paginated bundle of 70 pages of exhibits that captured the essence of my version of events. His response not only articulated my position but also brought to the attention of the SRA salient facts that I had simply not considered myself.
I was convinced that the matter was destined for the SDT which would have meant prolonged trauma for myself and my family together with the inevitable associated costs of an SRA prosecution.
Jonathan held my hand throughout the agonising ordeal and was always available for me at the end of the phone or by email.
Today, Jonathan called me to tell me that the 11 month investigation by the SRA was finally over.
The SRA had considered Jonathan’s thorough response and had decided to close their file with no further action whatsoever.
It is difficult to commit to words the feelings and emotion that Jonathan’s phone call brought to me this morning. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this day would come. I can only put it down to Jonathan’s skill, experience and knowledge of regulatory matters.
Whilst todays result has still not entirely sunk in (I feel emotionally and mentally drained) I will be eternally grateful to Jonathan for winning my case and for securing justice for me and my family.
Instructing Jonathan was the best decision I have made. I now have my life back and can only look forward to the future with positivity.
Thank you Jonathan.
Thank you so much for making things as painless as possible for me! And also for achieving miraculous results!
“Thank you very much for you assistance.
Impressed would be an understatement to your handling of this case. Your advocacy was at the highest level I have seen. Your professional approach and preparation was thorough to the point that the other side could only agree with every point you had to make. The outcome could not have been achieved without you.
I have no hesitation in fully recommending you in matters of this kind and I thank you for being there for me”.
Jon has been most helpful, sympathetic and approachable, and he has made an extremely stressful situation as easy as possible.
I was very happy with the service I received from Jon Goodwin. Jon agreed to take my case when my previous solicitor refused to take my matter further after making my case worst. Jon not only saved my career but also cleared up all the mess of my previous solicitor with just one letter. I was extremely happy with the successful outcome! I would not hesitate in recommending JG Law’s services and I would to thank Jon for all his hard work and assistance in my case.
I am a Director of a small high street firm that has been established for over 20 years and I have had no prior involvement with the SRA. Unfortunately owing to the conduct of a staff member I was put in a situation where my whole reputation and career was in jeopardy. This took its toll on me and my family both professionally and personally. I was dealing with matters myself but took a decision to seek advice and found Jonathan’s name by chance on line. It was the best decision I made for me my family and my business. From the outset he immediately put me at ease without overwhelming me. His knowledge and experience in dealing with the SRA was apparent from the outset. He was able to not only convey what was required but given the emotional strain I was under, he was able to guide me logically as to what to expect, the timescales and therefore what was expected of me to ensure that I received the best possible outcome.
I would like to say that his expertise aside, the manner in which he dealt with my matter and the patience he showed is something which will always be appreciated. Of course Jonathon is a busy lawyer but he was always available not only for the numerous queries I always had but also when I needed to vent my frustration at the system that seems to assume a solicitors guilt before am investigation is complete. His pragmatic yet sensitive approach in his advice clearly showed his expertise and he recognised the profound impact all the proceedings were having on me both professionally and personally. The entire process was stressful to say the least but his insight into how others would think and act helped me remain positive. When I instructed him, I had hoped that he would be able to understand my case in its entirety but what I received in terms of his professionalism, knowledge, work ethic and total support, far exceeded my expectations. He showed great kindness, empathy, understanding and impartiality for which I will always be grateful for. The outcome I received was much more favourable than I could have hoped for; without a referral to the STD – but it was a long and draining 16 months. I would like to take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt thanks and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jonathon should someone be in the unfortunate position that I found myself in.
Lawyer based in London
Following an investigation into a breach of audit regulations I was facing a disciplinary hearing by my regulatory body, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
At that point I approached Jon for his advice. From the outset I knew I had made the right decision to appoint him. Not only was he very knowledgeable of disciplinary proceedings, he was also supportive during an extremely stressful time.
Throughout the hearing Jon’s skills as an experienced advocate shone through and the outcome he achieved for me was nothing short of miraculous!
It is fair to say that without Jon’s expert representation I would have found myself excluded from membership of the ICAEW and I cannot thank him enough for saving my career.
"I write to express my sincere heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for your highly professional and competent services, provided in both a friendly and accessible manner. You were thorough, fair and transparent in fighting my case for which I will always be grateful.
The process was greatly helped by your insightful and accurate expertise, including your insight into how other parties may think and act. I cannot thank you enough for your expertise and professionalism which ensured I had a fighting chance.
I would in particular like to thank you for your excellent work, professionalism, kindness and understanding. At a time when things were very stressful and anxious, I always felt that however busy you were, I was always lent a sympathetic ear which was very much appreciated. I hoped for total support when I instructed you, but I got so much more.
I have no reservation in highly recommending you and record my heartfelt thanks for your excellent work on my behalf. Many many thanks again for everything, you were brilliant."
Anonymous fellow professional
"Receiving a letter from your regulatory body is always daunting and trying to correspond on your own, seemingly making matters worse, is never a good idea. I wish I had contacted Jonathan at the beginning, as the moment he became involved, he gave me sound comforting advice, responded comprehensively to the regulatory body and dealt with the matter in a timely and professional way, resulting in a very welcomed outcome, with minimal fuss and disruption. Would I recommend Jonathan and his service? – absolutely.
I hope I do not need his advice again, but if I did, there would be no hesitation in picking up the phone and speaking with Jonathan."
Graduate of CILEx
“Jonathan is a standout solicitor advocate in the professional regulatory arena. His knowledge of professional rules and regulations is outstanding; his ability to grasp the issues at stake lightning fast and his advocacy skills and presentation very comforting.
If you want someone to fight your corner, then Jonathan’s your man.
Would I recommend him - absolutely. The fact that I have used Jonathan’s services on 3 occasions now is testament to my opinion of him.”
“Jon provided me with tremendous help and support at what was a very difficult time for me. He is a first class advocate and I was very glad that he was there to represent me.”
“Fearsome advocate and someone you’d rather have on your side than theirs.”
“I cannot express enough appreciation for the highly professional representation you provided, to include your robust advocacy at the SDT and the empathy you showed throughout what was an extremely traumatic and stressful time in my life”.
"Following no success with my own efforts against an RICS disciplinary I enlisted the professional services of Jonathan. Very quickly the tide turned and I could not be happier with the results. It's hard to put a price on saving a career, but Jonathan did and it was a very fair one."
"I enlisted the professional services of Mr Goodwin to help with a disciplinary hearing I had at the RICS. All I can say is I am so glad I did. The outcome was even better then I hoped and I am in no doubt most of this was due to the expertise and professionalism of Mr Goodwin, both before and especially during the hearing. I am very grateful to Mr Goodwin for helping protect my career."
“Jon provided me with first class advice at a difficult time, and was able to guide me through the process of replying to disciplinary concerns with professionalism and the human touch. I am very grateful to his help and would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending his legal services to other professionals facing similar regulatory investigation. Emails and phone calls were replied to swiftly and his calm efficiency was most welcome.”
I am thankful for the assistance provided by Jonathan Goodwin, who provided excellent assistance and a great outcome. Mr Goodwin offered great support throughout and took the pressure off which allowed me to continue to focus on work. Thank you."
“Jon was absolutely fantastic in assisting me in a very difficult time of my life. His legal expertise was second to none. He had a sympathetic and thoughtful approach to my problems. As a consequence of his effective advice my issue was nipped in the bud saving me time and expense. Thank you so much Jon.”
“Once again could I just say thank you so much for what you are doing and I have no doubt I have the best legal representative anybody could have. You are making the whole process almost enjoyable!!”
"Thank you very much for your help on this. Your calm good sense was very reassuring during a very stressful time and I feel that your experience and knowledge was directly responsible for the positive outcome."
Thank you for all your advice, help and assistance in this matter. This was a very difficult time for me and it greatly assisted having you available whenever I needed to speak to you about the case. Speaking to you provided me with peace of mind and helped me to get through all of this. Your honest and frank advice was very helpful and your representation on the day of the Hearing was very good. You knew my case well enough to answer the questions that were put to you. I will most certainly be recommending you to other people in the future.
Wishing you all the best for the future and once again, thank you so much for your help and assistance. May God bless you with health, wealth and success.”
"I sought the help of Jonathan when faced with an investigation due to a strict liability issue on a case I had never worked upon, for a firm I no longer worked for. In effect I could have faced a serious mark against my name simply as the result of having been a junior Partner. I had tried to start my response myself and despite doing the best I could with the information to hand I needed assistance and guidance in order to avoid having my name permanently sullied. Immediately upon speaking to Jonathan I knew I was in great hands. He answered and explained throughout and I always felt reassured, responding on by behalf with strong clear arguments. He was realistic and practical at all times. The end result was that my name and reputation remains completely free of any blemish, the best result I could have asked for. I am certain that the result would not have been as positive as I had hoped without Jonathan’s knowledge and expertise."
A very grateful Solicitor
"I recently had occassion to approach Jon regarding a regulatory issue I had with the SRA. Jon from the very first meeting put my mind at rest and I immediately felt in good hands and had every confidence in him. It was obvious that Jon had a considerable wealth of experience,up to date knowledge of the law and practice relating to regulatory matters,technical expertise and knew exactly how to deal with any issues or points raised by the SRA. His handling of the matter, expertise and professionalism was second to none.
I was able to speak with Jon whenever I needed to and he was always very quick to respond.In this regard he was ably backed up by his superb staff who always made sure that my efforts to contact with him were immediately dealt with if it was something they could not deal with themselves.
Jon through his expertise and professionalism was able to acheive an excellent outcome with the SRA and was more than I could have hoped for. I cannot thank him enough for what he did for me and have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who has the misfortune to have regulatory issues. You cannot do better than to instruct Jon in this regard."
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