High Court appeals
A solicitor’s appeal lies to the Administrative Court. The Court has jurisdiction to hear appeals from the SDT.
The Court has power to make such order on an appeal as they may think fit. The correct approach of the Courts to appeals from the SDT was set out in Law Society –v- Salsbury which provides:
“The correct analysis is that the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal comprises an expert and informed Tribunal, which is particularly well placed in any case to assess what measures are required to deal with defaulting solicitors and to protect the public interest. Absent any error of law, the High Court must pay considerable respect to the sentencing decisions of the Tribunal. Nevertheless if the High Court, despite paying such respect, is satisfied that the sentencing decision was clearly inappropriate, then the Court will interfere. It should also be noted that an appeal from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to the High Court normally proceeds by way of review”.