The High Court judgment in the case of Solicitors Regulation Authority v James & Ors has been handed down, ruling that the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal was wrong to opt against a strike-off of three solicitors and instead impose a suspended suspension.
All three solicitors had been found to act dishonestly and the judgment casts new light on how tribunals and regulators are expected to treat individuals who have acted as such, even if they have experienced stress, work pressure or mental health problems in the build-up to their misconduct.
Greg Treverton-Jones QC and Fenella Morris QC represented the respondents Esteddar MacGregor and Peter Naylor respectively. Both were instructed by Murdochs solicitors.
See here for the full judgment and below for press coverage of the case: