Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Year of call:
1977
Silk:
2002
Email:
gregtj@39essex.com

Clerks:
+44 (0)20 7832 1111

“Renowned and exceptionally experienced advocate who specialises in the representation of solicitors facing significant disciplinary proceedings.”
Chambers and Partners 2017

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Greg Treverton-Jones QC specialises in regulatory and disciplinary issues concerning legal professionals. He has appeared in many of the leading cases on the topic, both for the regulators and Respondents, although most of his work is on behalf of those facing regulatory investigations, or disciplinary proceedings. He has been described in Chambers & Partners as the leading defence advocate in solicitors’ disciplinary cases. He is co-author of successive editions of The Solicitor’s Handbook (2008-2017), co-author of Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings (8th edition, 2015) and is an editor of Cordery on Legal Services. He has an extensive advisory practice, concerning all aspects of legal regulation.

Greg was named ‘Silk of the Year’ for Professional Discipline at the 2015 Chambers Bar Awards.

Greg is recommended in Chambers & Partners 2017 for Professional Discipline (band 1) and the Legal 500 2017 for Professional Discipline (tier 1) and Costs.

Regulatory & Disciplinary


“He is extremely knowledgeable and highly respected by the SDT.” Chambers and Partners 2017

“His key strength is knowing the fine line between what can and cannot be done” Legal 500 2017

Since 2007, the principal focus of his practice has been to advise and represent solicitors and other legal professionals in regulatory and disciplinary matters.  He has been extensively instructed by numerous firms, individual solicitors  and sole practitioners in connection with the most pressing regulatory issues of the day, including:

  • The impact of the Legal Services Act 2007 on solicitors’ practices
  • The advent of Alternative Business Structures
  • The referral fee ban introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012
  • The impact of the Jackson reforms on solicitors’ methods of charging and funding models, including advising as to regulatory compliance in group litigation
  • Advising and representing solicitors on the issue of entity regulation.
  • Advising solicitors as to the ramifications of the move to outcome-focused regulation in 2011, and the Code of Conduct introduced at that time
  • Advising solicitors as to their professional duties when instructed by clients to become involved in tax avoidance schemes
  • Advising and representing solicitors caught up in the collapse of the Axiom funding scheme
  • Advising and acting on behalf of solicitors facing disciplinary proceedings in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and in statutory appeals against decisions of the SDT
  • Advising solicitors entering into regulatory settlement agreements with the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Advising and drafting representations on behalf of solicitors embroiled in regulatory issues with the SRA, such as potential disciplinary proceedings, the suitability test for entry into the profession, and the imposition of practising certificate conditions;
  • Advising on and appearing in judicial review proceedings against legal regulators
  • Advising and appearing in court cases arising out of interventions into solicitors’ practices by the SRA
  • Advising insurance companies how to deal with frauds apparently committed by solicitors
  • Advising and representing solicitors in disputes with professional indemnity insurers.

Much of his work is advisory – carrying out “compliance proofing” and often seeking to ensure that solicitors act in compliance with the regulatory rules that bind them.  He also engages in dialogue with the SRA to seek to ensure that regulatory issues can be resolved without the need for disciplinary proceedings.

His clients range from sole practitioners and small High Street firms, to the largest firms in the City of London.

He has extensive experience of appearing in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (on behalf of the Law Society until 2006, and for Respondent solicitors since then), and in the High Court and Court of Appeal on intervention challenges, statutory appeals, and applications for judicial review.

He has advised and appeared for other regulators in the legal and teaching professions.

In 2011 he was instructed on behalf of the first solicitor to be accused of professional misconduct by the Law Society of Brunei.  The proceedings against the solicitor were halted after a Court of Appeal of Brunei judgment in May 2012.

He often works closely with Andrew Hopper QC, and together they have written successive editions of The Solicitor’s Handbook 2008, 2009, 2011 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017, and Outcomes-focused regulation – A Practical Guide, published by the Law Society in August 2011.

He also has extensive experience of other forms of Tribunal hearings and advocacy, principally

  • Barristers
  • Surveyors
  • Sports Tribunals
  • Employment Tribunals

Notable cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal include:

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Wingate and Evans [2016] EWHC 3455 (Admin)

Smith v Bar Standards Board [2016] EWHC 3015 (Admin);

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal and Arslan (Law Society intervening) [2016] EWHC 2862 (Admin);

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Manak and others [2016] EWHC 1914 (Admin);

Williams v Law Society [2015] EWHC 2302 (Ch)

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Imran [2015] EWHC 2572 (Admin)

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Andersons [2013] EWHC 4021 (Admin)

Ebhogiaye v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2013] EWHC 2445 (Admin)

Andersons v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2012] EWHC 3659 (Admin)

Tinkler v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2012] EWHC 3645 (Admin)

R (Andersons) v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2012] EWHC 3659 (Admin)

Bryant v SRA [2012] EWHC 1475 (Admin)

Kaur v ILEX [2011] EWCA 1168 (Civ)

Law Society v Sharma [2010] EWHC 2022 (Admin)

Reed v Law Society [2009] EWHC 1183 (Admin)

Bryant and Bench v Law Society (DC) [2007] EWHC 3043 (Admin)

Law Society v Adcock and Mocroft (QBD) [2006] EWHC 3212 (Admin)

Sheikh v The Law Society (CA) 23 November 2006 [2006] EWCA Civ 1577

Bultitude v Law Society [2004] EWCA Civ 1853

Costs & Litigation Funding


Gregory Treverton-Jones QC regularly assists solicitors in connection with regulatory and costs issues arising out of the Jackson reforms and the introduction of alternative business structures, including advising on and assisting in the drafting of new-style damages-based agreements and conditional fee agreements. He has been instructed in several group litigation matters, advising solicitors and Claimants as to their funding arrangements. He has considerable experience of wasted costs applications, including the largest such claim to arise out of a criminal prosecution: R v Morris [2005] Crim 1246.

He is regularly instructed on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service to oppose applications for costs against the CPS following Crown Court trials, and has appeared in the following cases:

R v Counsell (Lawtel 20/3/14)

R (DPP) v Sheffield Crown Court [2014] EWHC 2014 (Admin)

Quayum v DPP [2015] EWHC 1060 (Admin)

Corruption


  • Advised and represented major foreign bank which was embroiled in the Guinness affair (part 2)
  • Currently advising City firm on regulatory and anti money-laundering issues arising out of a property transaction involving a Politically Exposed Person (PEP)
  • Advised and represented the Law Society on disclosure applications made in serious fraud trials
  • Disciplinary proceedings concerning solicitors: cases arising out of
    • International financial transactions suspected of being fraudulent, involving a POCA report by solicitors to SOCA
    • International sales of UK feudal titles by US-based businessman
    • Documentary forgery by solicitors
    • Breach of the ban on referral fees paid by solicitors and non-disclosure of commission payments paid to solicitors
    • Overcharging and exploiting clients in many different circumstances, including the coal health scheme set up by the UK Government in the late 1990s
  • Advised and represented the Law Society and intervened solicitors in connection with interventions into UK law firms where dishonesty suspected, or where there is evidence of serious accounting irregularities, or where a law firm has been infiltrated and controlled by unregulated third parties.
  • Advised and represented Welsh politician charged with contempt of court
  • Advised and assisted solicitors involved in disciplinary proceedings in Hong Kong and Brunei

Infrastructure


Health & Safety, Rail, and Public Inquiries

“He is a low-key but incredibly effective advocate.” Chambers & Partners 2015

He has defended in a number of high profile Health & Safety prosecutions, representing British Railways Board, Laings, McAlpines and others.

Throughout his career, he has conducted litigation arising from the railway industry. He was regularly instructed by British Railways Board prior to privatisation, and Railtrack/Network Rail, the Association of Train Operating Companies, and some Train Operating Companies after privatisation.  He was instructed in proceedings arising out of each of the five major rail crashes between 1997 and 2002 (Southall; Ladbroke Grove; Hatfield; Selby; and Potters Bar).

Notable cases include:

Southall Train Crash Inquiry (1999) – junior counsel for Great Western Trains Ltd.
Ladbroke Grove Train Crash Inquiry (2000) – leading counsel for First Great Western
Joint Inquiry into Train Protection Systems (2000) – leading counsel for the Association of Train Operator
Thames Trains Ltd. v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd. and the HSE (civil proceedings arising out of the Ladbroke Grove train crash)
GNLR v Hart [2003] EWHC 2450 – civil proceedings arising out of the Selby train crash
HSBC Rail (UK) Ltd v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd (QBD) 16 March 2005 [2005] EWHC 403 (Comm); [2005] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 343 – civil proceedings arising out of the Hatfield train crash

Junior counsel to the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal of Inquiry (the Waterhouse Tribunal) (1996-1998)
Junior counsel for Great Western Trains Ltd. in the Southall Train Crash Inquiry (1999)
Leading counsel for First Great Western at the Ladbroke Grove Train Crash Inquiry (part 1) (2000)
Leading counsel for the Association of Train Operating Companies at the Ladbroke Grove Train Crash Inquiry (part 2), and the Joint Inquiry into Train Protection Systems by Lord Cullen and Professor Uff (2000)

Recommendations


He is recommended in Chambers & Partners 2017 and Legal 500, 2017.
“Recommended for regulatory advice and wasted costs applications” Legal 500 2016
“Highly respected and regarded by the courts and tribunals.” Legal 500 2015
“Highly regarded for advising solicitors on the new CFA regime.” Legal 500 2015
“He is a low-key but incredibly effective advocate.” Chambers and Partners 2015
“He can bring out a respondent’s personal attributes in a realistic and acceptable way.” Chambers and Partners 2015
“Held in very high regard for a range of disciplinary and regulatory work.’” Legal 500 2014
“He is bright, well prepared and tenacious. You wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.” Chambers and Partners 2014
“held in very high regard” Legal 500 2013
“’highly knowledgeable, tenacious advocate’ noted as a leading figure in solicitors’ disciplinary matters”. Chambers and Partners 2013
“he also wins praise from instructing solicitors for his down-to-earth manner and rigorous work ethic.” Chambers and Partners 2013
“one of the most prolific defence counsel before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT)” Chambers and Partners 2012
“his tenacity and depth of knowledge give him an ‘absolute command of his area” Chambers and Partners 2011
“highly regarded for [his] expertise representing, solicitors charged with dishonesty” Legal 500 2011
“a lawyer singled out for his skill and analytical ability in SRA cases” Chambers and Partners 2010
“pragmatic and calm” Chambers & Partners 2009
“adds intellectual firepower and advocacy experience to all he does.” Chambers & Partners 2009
“down-to-earth and extremely good on his feet,” Chambers & Partners 2009
“deals with matters quickly and provides realistic advice” Legal 500 2009
many consider him “the leading barrister in solicitors’ disciplinary work” Legal 500 2009
“staunch and very difficult to get past” Chambers & Partners 2008
“a Law Society guru” Chambers & Partners 2007
“a calm team player willing to take on suggestions” Chambers & Partners 2007
“an attractive advocate” Chambers & Partners 2006

Related Cases


Regulatory & Disciplinary

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Wingate and Evans [2016] EWHC 3455 (Admin)

Appeal arising out of disciplinary proceedings following the collapse of the Axiom fund

Smith v Bar Standards Board [2016] EWHC 3015 (Admin);

Successful appeal by barrister against disciplinary findings

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal and Arslan (Law Society intervening) [2016] EWHC 2862 (Admin);

Represented the Law Society on the issue of the standard of proof in the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Manak and others [2016] EWHC 1914 (Admin);

Appeal by the SRA against the dismissal of a prosecution as an abuse of process

Williams v Law Society [2015] EWHC 2302 (Ch)

Application of statutory trusts following a successful intervention challenge by a solicitor

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Imran [2015] EWHC 2572 (Admin)

Appeal by the SRA against the non-striking off of a solicitor who had a criminal conviction

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Andersons [2013] EWHC 4021 (Admin)

Appeal by the SRA against the level of fines imposed by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal

Ebhogiaye v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2013] EWHC 2445 (Admin)

Appeal by solicitor against the imposition of conditions upon practice following disciplinary findings

Tinkler v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2012] EWHC 3645 (Admin)

Reduction on High Court  appeal of record fine imposed upon solicitor

R (Andersons) v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2012] EWHC 3659 (Admin)

Challenge to SRA policy of publishing allegations against Respondents far in advance of the hearing

Bryant v SRA [2012] EWHC 1475 (Admin)

Appeal arising out of the imposition of practising certificate conditions and the effect of those conditions upon a solicitor’s ability to practice.

Kaur v ILEX [2011] EWCA 1168 (Civ)

Important Court of Appeal decision arising out of the composition of disciplinary tribunal ie the presence of Council members on the panel.

Keane v Law Society [2009] EWHC 783 (Admin)

Judicial review claim arising out of a finding of inadequate professional service by a solicitor.

Barber and Others (Raleys) No. 9698-2007 (SDT Miners Compensation Case) 17 February 2009

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal decision following its hearing of allegations of misconduct by partners of Raleys Solicitors, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, in relation to the miners’ health compensation scheme.

Reed v Law Society [2009] EWHC 1183 (Admin)

Disciplinary appeal arising out of the creation of a corporate structure by a major insurer by which to introduce cases to solicitor

Bryant and Bench v Law Society (DC) 21 December 2007 [2007] EWHC 3043 (Admin)

The correct test to be applied, for dishonesty in disciplinary proceedings

Gregory v Law Society (DC) 28 June 2007 Lawtel 28 June 2007

Appeal from an SDT decision under s.43 of the Solicitors’ Act 1974

Law Society v Adcock and Moorcroft [2006] EWHC 3212 (Admin), [2007] 1 WLR 1096

Leading case on the meaning of commission in the Solicitors’ Practice Rules 1990

Sheikh v The Law Society (CA) [2006] EWCA Civ 1577

Decision of the Court of Appeal in respect of a successful challenge to an intervention by the affected solicitor [2005] EWHC 1409 (Ch). This was the first successful challenge to an intervention in a contested case, although the decision was reversed by the Court of Appeal.

Law Society v Wheeler and Stephens (DC) 21 July 2005 [2005] EWHC 1602 (Admin)

Disciplinary appeal arising out of a solicitor’s obligation of strict supervision of an employee.

Sritharan v The Law Society (CA) 27 April 2005 [2005] EWCA Civ 476; [2005] All ER 1105; The Times 11 May 2005; Independent 5 May 2005

Court of Appeal decision on the correct test for setting aside an intervention

Bultitude v The Law Society (CA) 16 December 2004 [2004] EWCA Civ 1853

Leading case on the correct test in disciplinary proceedings for dishonesty by a solicitor

Elliott v Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (QBD) 29 April 2004 [2004] EWHC 1176 (Admin)

Effect on disciplinary proceedings of deliberate absence from the hearing by the solicitor Respondent.

Aaron v The Law Society (QBD) 13 October 2003 [2003] EWHC 2271 (Admin)

Effect of delay upon solicitor’s Article 6 rights to a fair hearing.

Wasted Costs

R V Geoffrey Counsell Crown Ct (Bristol) (Simon J) 13/03/2014

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