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Tribunal head criticises 'absurd' legal services bill

The head of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has described as "absurd" and "retrograde" proposals for the tribunal's replacement body to hear complaints in secret.

9th June, 2012
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

The head of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, which investigates serious complaints against solicitors, has described as "absurd" and "retrograde" proposals for the tribunal's replacement body to hear complaints in secret.

The Legal Services Regulation Bill proposes to hear all complaints against lawyers behind closed doors. Section 58(5) of the bill says that inquiries by the new disciplinary tribunal must be held "otherwise than in public".

At present, hearings of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal are open to...

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