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Successful representation of a client refused admission to the roll

22 October 2010

The Professional Discipline & Regulation team were instructed by an individual who, upon completing his training contract, had his application for admission to the roll refused by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The refusal prevented him from taking up a  position as a solicitor.

The refusal was based heavily on the fact that the Applicant had a conviction, which he had not previously disclosed to the SRA. He had been disciplined whilst at University for plagiarism in relation to a piece of coursework. The SRA also alleged that the Applicant had acted dishonestly by misleading his employer and failing to disclose the incident.

Following careful and detailed analysis of the Applicant’s unique circumstances we were able to put forward powerful submission addressing each of the issues raised by the SRA in their initial refusal to admit the Applicant. In addition, reliance was placed on case law as well as principals from the SRA’s own policies on character and suitability. Submissions were made dispelling the SRA’s allegation of dishonesty, and references and evidence of good character were provided.

As a result of the representations, the team was successful and the Applicant was admitted to the Roll.