“He knows the subject inside out. His preparation for and representation of cases is as good as it gets.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
“A brilliant advocate for Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal cases.”
Legal 500 2018
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 (9th edition, 2017) 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 2018 for Professional Discipline (band 1) and the Legal 500 2018 for Professional Discipline (tier 1).
“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:
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:
Notable cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal include:
Wingate and Evans v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWCA Civ 366
Yussouf v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 211 (Admin)
Smith v Bar Standards Board  EWHC 3015 (Admin);
Solicitors Regulation Authority v Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal and Arslan (Law Society intervening)  EWHC 2862 (Admin);
Solicitors Regulation Authority v Manak and others  EWHC 1914 (Admin);
Williams v Law Society  EWHC 2302 (Ch)
Solicitors Regulation Authority v Imran  EWHC 2572 (Admin)
Solicitors Regulation Authority v Andersons  EWHC 4021 (Admin)
Ebhogiaye v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 2445 (Admin)
Andersons v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 3659 (Admin)
Tinkler v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 3645 (Admin)
R (Andersons) v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 3659 (Admin)
Bryant v SRA  EWHC 1475 (Admin)
Kaur v ILEX  EWCA 1168 (Civ)
Law Society v Sharma  EWHC 2022 (Admin)
Reed v Law Society  EWHC 1183 (Admin)
Bryant and Bench v Law Society (DC)  EWHC 3043 (Admin)
Law Society v Adcock and Mocroft (QBD)  EWHC 3212 (Admin)
Sheikh v The Law Society (CA) 23 November 2006  EWCA Civ 1577
Bultitude v Law Society  EWCA Civ 1853
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  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  EWHC 2014 (Admin)
Quayum v DPP  EWHC 1060 (Admin)
R (DPP) v Aylesbury Crown Court  EWHC 2987 (Admin)
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 the 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 Operating Companies.
Thames Trains Ltd. v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd. and the HSE: Civil proceedings arising out of the Ladbroke Grove train crash.
GNLR v Hart  EWHC 2450: Civil proceedings arising out of the Selby train crash.
HSBC Rail (UK) Ltd v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd (QBD) 16 March 2005;  EWHC 403 (Comm);  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).
He is recommended in the highest band/tier Chambers & Partners 2018 and Legal 500, 2018.
“He knows the subject inside out. His preparation for and representation of cases is as good as it gets.” “Stylish, polished and persuasive.” Chambers & Partners 2018
Quotes from earlier editions:
“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 & Partners 2015
“He can bring out a respondent’s personal attributes in a realistic and acceptable way.” Chambers & Partners 2015
Regulatory & Disciplinary
Wingate and Evans v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWCA Civ 366: Leading Court of Appeal case concerning the meaning of integrity, and the distinction between negligence/incompetence and professional misconduct.
Yussouf v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 211 (Admin): The High Court quashed a decision by the SRA to refuse an oral hearing to an applicant for admission to the Roll.
Smith v Bar Standards Board  EWHC 3015 (Admin): Successful appeal by barrister against disciplinary findings.
Solicitors Regulation Authority v Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal and Arslan (Law Society intervening)  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  EWHC 1914 (Admin): Appeal by the SRA against the dismissal of a prosecution as an abuse of process.
Williams v Law Society  EWHC 2302 (Ch): Application of statutory trusts following a successful intervention challenge by a solicitor.
Solicitors Regulation Authority v Imran  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  EWHC 4021 (Admin): Appeal by the SRA against the level of fines imposed by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal.
Ebhogiaye v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 2445 (Admin): Appeal by solicitor against the imposition of conditions upon practice following disciplinary findings.
Tinkler v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 3645 (Admin): Reduction on High Court appeal of record fine imposed upon solicitor.
R (Andersons) v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 3659 (Admin): Challenge to SRA policy of publishing allegations against respondents far in advance of the hearing.
Bryant v SRA  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  EWCA 1168 (Civ): Important Court of Appeal decision arising out of the composition of disciplinary tribunal, i.e. the presence of Council members on the panel.
Keane v Law Society  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  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;  EWHC 3043 (Admin): The correct test to be applied, for dishonesty in disciplinary proceedings.
Gregory v Law Society (DC) Lawtel 28 June 2007: Appeal from an SDT decision under s.43 of the Solicitors’ Act 1974.
Law Society v Adcock and Moorcroft  EWHC 3212 (Admin);  1 WLR 1096: Leading case on the meaning of commission in the Solicitors’ Practice Rules 1990.
Sheikh v The Law Society (CA)  EWCA Civ 1577: Decision of the Court of Appeal in respect of a successful challenge to an intervention by the affected solicitor  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;  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;  EWCA Civ 476;  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;  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;  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;  EWHC 2271 (Admin): Effect of delay upon solicitor’s Article 6 rights to a fair hearing.
R V Geoffrey Counsell Crown Ct (Bristol) (Simon J) 13/03/2014.