2007 will be a pivotal year for the solicitorsâ€™ profession. The Legal Services Bill will pass into law. It makes significant changes to the regulatory regime, and to the Solicitors’ Act 1974. The separation of the Law Societyâ€™s regulatory and representational functions will be completed. The new Code of Conduct will be finalised and promulgated. These changes, and developments in the courts and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over the last year will be explained and debated in a seminar by Gregory Treverton-Jones QC and Andrew Hopper QC.
Gregory Treverton-Jones QC joined 39 Essex Street in September 2006. He specialises in regulatory and disciplinary law, with a particular emphasis on the solicitorsâ€™ profession, and has acted for the Law Society and Respondent solicitors since the early 1990s. He has appeared in many of the leading cases in this area, including Bultitude v The Law Society  EWCA Civ 1853; Sritharan v The Law Society  1 WLR 2708 ; Sheikh v The Law Society  EWCA 1577, and, most recently, The Law Society v Adcock and Mocroft  EWHC 3212 (Admin).
Andrew Hopper QC was admitted a solicitor in 1972 and has been a solicitor in private practice throughout his career. He was appointed Queenâ€™s Counsel in 2001 (the fifth solicitor advocate to be so appointed), has the Higher Courts (All Proceedings) qualification. He is an editor of the current edition of Cordery, with particular responsibility for that part of the publication concerned with the professional conduct of solicitors: he is also an editor of the Guide to the Professional Conduct of Solicitors (8th ed. – 1999). He has wide experience of acting in the SDT, before the Master of the Rolls, and in the higher courts, and has received more than 1,300 sets of instructions from the Law Society or solicitors over 28 years.