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Do Sanctions Achieve Objectives?

Submitted by Rosebella Nyonje on Thu, 07-24-2014
Long title
Sanctions Available to the Solicitors Regulations Authority: Do the Achieve their Objectives?
Nehme, Marina
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University of New South Wales, Australia
Conference title
International Legal Ethics Conference VI
Conference location
City University London
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Sanctions are the cornerstone of any regulatory system. They can act as a catalyst to ensure that laws are complied with because they enable law enforcers to promote desired behaviour and punish undesirable acts. The threat of a sanction may be an incentive towards improved outcomes and compliance with the rules. As such, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has been provided with sanctions that may allow it to:
• stop conduct that presents a risk to the public;
• deter people from breaching the core principles and regulatory requirements;
• promote compliance; and
• remove solicitors who represent a serious risk to the public.
However, the available sanctions may fall short from achieving these aims. Accordingly, this paper reviews the sanctions available to the SRA and puts forward a proposal on how such a system may be enhanced. This will be achieved through a comparison between the sanctions available to the SRA and the sanctions available in other jurisdictions aimed toward promoting compliance with ethical requirements in the legal profession.
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Lawyer Regulation