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"Trusted to the ends of the earth?" An Analysis of Solicitors’ Disciplinary Processes in England and Wales from 1994 to 2015

Boon, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-1494-4005 & Whyte, A. (2021). "Trusted to the ends of the earth?" An Analysis of Solicitors’ Disciplinary Processes in England and Wales from 1994 to 2015. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 28(2), pp. 129-157. doi: 10.1080/09695958.2021.1889560


This study deals with misconduct cases involving solicitors, the largest legal profession in England and Wales. It covers a 20 year period and focuses in detail on three points during that period: 1994–1996, 2008 and 2015. These points cover different stages during the evolution of the regulatory system from what was arguably the height of legal professionalism to the post-professional system initiated by the revolutionary Legal Services Act 2007. Drawing on detailed studies of disciplinary cases we examine the relationship between professional demography and modes of regulation in determining the outcomes of regulation.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Publisher Keywords: solicitor’s discipline; Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Legal Services Act 2007, legal professionalism
Subjects: K Law
K Law > KD England and Wales
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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