The law society is the body that is responsible for registering and regulating lawyers. Solicitors are technically lawyers. They operate under the guidance of the law society. The law society solicitors must adhere to the standards of operation of the law society. The duty of the law society is to ensure that solicitors work to the best interest of their clients. Instances of malpractice are strictly dealt with. The mandate of the law society is wide because they manage all kinds of lawyers. They, therefore, liaise with other bodies that are directly in charge of solicitors to ensure that conveyance is carried out with strict adherence to the law. One such body is the Solicitor Regulatory Authority (SRA).
Solicitor Regulatory Authority
SRA has put forward ten principles and even more codes of conduct. Principles of soliciting are rules that solicitors must adhere to in their practice. The principles stress upon honesty and integrity. They protect clients from exploitation by dishonest attorneys. Codes of conducts are a general guideline for soliciting. They are essential steps that a lawyer can follow in conveyancing. Codes of conducts are not hard and fast rules. They are derived from the experiences that solicitors have had in their practice. They may change according to particular situations.
The law society registers soliciting firm. A registered firm is given a certificate of operation. This certificate is renewed periodically. It shows that a company is competent enough to offer soliciting services. One such firm that has been duly approved to provide conveyance services is the NBMLaw. NbmLaw offers conveyancing services in the UK. Other registered soliciting firms are Madiya Ahmed, Shamlee Sandeep and Naziana Bibi. Solicitors such as these are accredited to offer conveyance services.
Even with the strict code of conduct, some solicitors still choose to swindle their customers. Cases have been reported of solicitors charging high fees or failing to disclose stamp duty reports. Malpractice in conveyance is taken very seriously. A solicitor can have his practice suspended if found guilty of misconduct. Some have had their certificates withdrawn by the Solicitor Disciplinary Tribunal.
Solicitor Disciplinary Tribunal
It is the responsibility of the Solicitor Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to take action against any solicitor that is suspected of malpractice. SDT usually undertake thorough investigation before arraigning a solicitor. Complaints by clients induce STD investigations. STD reviews documents, case files and performs background checks on the solicitor during the investigations. These investigations are usually kept secret from the solicitor until substantial grounds for retribution are found. The investigation can take as long as six months to complete.
Before punishment is carried out, a solicitor must be given a chance to absolve himself. A hearing is arranged where the solicitor is informed of charges against him. He is then given the opportunity to respond. Because solicitors are lawyers, most of them never hire a legal representative. Very few lawyers who are arranged by the Solicitor Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) manage to escape without some sort of punishment. Investigations of the SDT are thorough, professional and very conclusive. Even the best-trained solicitors can not challenge a finding of malpractice during the investigations.