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SDT rejects ex-solicitor’s re-hearing bid


The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal today rejected former solicitor Soophia Khan’s attempt to seek a re-hearing of the disciplinary case against her which had resulted in her being struck off the roll in August 2022. Ms Khan had been unable to attend the first 3 days of the hearing whilst observing fasting during Muharram but had attended briefly towards the end of the hearing to make submissions on mitigation.

Ms Khan applied under Rule 37 of the Solicitors (Disciplinary Proceedings) Rules 2019 on the basis that she had not been in attendance at any stage whilst the ‘liability’ aspect of the case was determined against her. The SRA unsuccessfully argued that Ms Khan’s application was itself an abuse of process because she had previously made a similar application on the final day of the hearing. However, the Tribunal accepted the SRA’s argument that her attendance to make submissions in relation to that application and on mitigation of sentence precluded her from seeking a re-hearing under Rule 37. Ms Khan now intends to focus on her appeal against the original Tribunal decision.

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