SRA investigated/risk assessed solicitors

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Dear Solicitors Regulation Authority,

Since 2003, How many solicitors have been reported to the SRA from the following:-

Army Legal Services,
RAF Legal Services,
Navy Legal Services,

For each law firm, and each allegation, please provide the category the report falls into, ie investigated, risk assessed etc.

Please provide a redacted copy of all risk assessments and investigations for Army, RAF & Navy Legal Services.

Yours faithfully,

Jane May

Joao Curro,

Dear Ms May

 

Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/1135

 

Thank you for your email today to the Solicitors Regulation Authority
(“SRA”) requesting information. I am treating this as an information
request under the Law Society Freedom of Information Code of Practice
("the Code").

 

You have requested access to the following information:

 

 

“Since 2003, How many solicitors have been reported to the SRA from the
following:-

 

Army Legal Services,

RAF Legal Services,

Navy Legal Services,

 

For each law firm, and each allegation, please provide the category the
report falls into, ie investigated, risk assessed etc.

 

Please provide a redacted copy of all risk assessments  and investigations
for Army, RAF & Navy Legal Services.”

 

 

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out its regulatory functions. The Law Society is not covered by the
Freedom of Information Act (the FOIA) as it is not a designated authority,
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I am currently dealing with your request. Bob Stanley, Information
Compliance Manager will aim to respond formally by 30 December 2013 which
is 20 working days from the receipt of your request.

 

Your sincerely

 

Joao Curro

Information Compliance Officer - Legal Services

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

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Joao Curro,

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Dear Ms May

 

Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/1135

 

Further to my colleague Joao Curro’s email of 28 November 2013, please
find below the response to your information request under the Law Society
Freedom of Information Code of Practice ("the Code").

 

You have requested access to the following information:

 

 

“Since 2003, How many solicitors have been reported to the SRA from the
following:-

 

Army Legal Services,

RAF Legal Services,

Navy Legal Services,

 

For each law firm, and each allegation, please provide the category the
report falls into, ie investigated, risk assessed etc.

 

Please provide a redacted copy of all risk assessments  and investigations
for Army, RAF & Navy Legal Services.”

 

 

 

Since 2003 there have only been 2 allegations and these were both against
Army Legal Services. The conduct matter in 2008 was not upheld and then
there was a POL (assessment matter) in 2013 which was referred to
Supervision under CDT/1087301-2013 which was given the outcome "matter to
lie on file".

 

CDT/52291-2008                        Conduct            21 Feb 2008

POL/1087154-2013                    Policy               24 Sep 2013

CDT/1087301-2013                     Conduct            25 Sep 2013

 

Please find attached the relevant Risk Assessment Profile (‘RAP’) forms.

 

The name of the SRA assessor and details of the instigator in the attached
RAP forms have been redacted under section 16 of the Code. This is because
this information constitutes personal data about the SRA employee and the
informant and therefore it is exempt from disclosure under the provisions
of the Data Protection Act 1998. Section 16 of the Code states that we
cannot disclose personal information about someone else.

 

Under sections 17 and 18 of the Code you have the right to have this
matter referred to the Law Society’s independent Freedom of Information
Adjudicator. Please let me know if you would like the matter referred.

 

 

I hope this information is of use.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Bob Stanley
Information Compliance Manager - Legal Services
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
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Dear Joao Curro,

Could you please provide more details of the following:-

POL/1087154-2013                    Policy               24 Sep 2013

CDT/1087301-2013                     Conduct            25 Sep 2013

It appears only page 1 & 4 are visible from the RAP.

Could you please provide any guide or scheme that would indicate what the codes within the RAP signify.

Yours sincerely,

Jane May

Joao Curro,

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Dear Ms May

 

Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/1135

 

Thank you for your email.

 

The reason why pages 2 and 3 are missing is because when the form was
printed out from our system, these pages were blank and therefore they
were not scanned as part of the final disclosure. The entire contents of
the form have been fully disclosed.

 

With regards to the Codes used in the RAP forms, please refer to the
attached Event Classification and Impact Scores documents attached. More
information can be found in the SRA website
[1]http://www.sra.org.uk/sra/strategy/risk....

 

I hope this information is of use.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Bob Stanley
Information Compliance Manager - Legal Services
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
t: 020 7242 1222 (x4117)
f: 020 7320 5685
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Stuart Hardwicke CARRUTHERS left an annotation ()

In the event table it identifies that the score for misleading the court is 10...in the risk assessment table this is identified as being 5.0.. and a total category score of 11.52 assigned.. The scoring by the SRA does not make sense