The Law Society cannot be criticised for failing to strike off these solicitors. We energetically prosecute solicitors who break the law before the independent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, but the decision to strike off is a decision for the tribunal alone. The SDT is independent of the Law Society, and its members are appointed by the Master of the Rolls.
Indeed, the Law Society has successfully appealed to the High Court against tribunal decisions when it has passed a too lenient sentence on a solicitor, leading to solicitors being struck off. The most recent case was just a month ago.
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