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ALN House, Eldama Ravine Gardens,, Safari Centre
UK, UK, PO Box 200-00606

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17/06/13 - Compiled from data from the Solicitors Regulation Authority website

Area of law reviewed: General Legal advice

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Decision - control of practice

Outcome: Condition

Outcome date: 15 May 2012

Published date: 19 July 2012

Firm details

Firm or organisation at date of publication

Name: Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates

Address(es):
ALN House, Eldama Ravine Gardens, Po Box 200-00606, Safari Centre

Firm ID: 564166

Firm or organisation at time of matters giving rise to outcome

Name: Frank Charles & Co

Address(es):
Hulton House, 161-166 Fleet Street, London, EC4A 2DY

Firm ID: 48585

Outcome details

This outcome was reached by SRA decision.

Decision details

To grant Mrs Sejpal a practising certificate for the year 2010/2011 subject to the following conditions:
1.She is not a sole practitioner or sole director of a recognised body;
2.She is not a manager or owner of a recognised body where (a) all other managers or owners have less than 3 years experience practising as a lawyer in a firm regulated by the SRA, unless the arrangements have first been approved by the SRA;
(b) are recognised bodies of which she is a sole director;

3. Mrs Sejpal shall immediately inform any actual or prospective co- manager or co-owner of these conditions and the reasons for their imposition;
4. Mrs Sejpal undertakes courses on the subjects of the SRA Handbook (replacing the Solicitors' Code of Conduct) and the Solicitors' Accounts Rules 1998 (a minimum of 3 CPD hours each) within 6 months of the date of notification of this decision and provides confirmation of completion of the above courses (in the form of a certificate or letter of attendance from the course provider) when she next applies for a practising certificate.

Reasons/basis

1. Mrs Sejpal is subject to Regulation 3.1 (b) of the SRA Practising Regulations 2009. Furthermore, she has not practised in the United Kingdom since 1996. Mrs Sejpal accepts the condition as to training in light of her absence from practice in the United Kingdom.

2. The Adjudicator does not consider it necessary in the public interest to impose a condition requiring Mrs Sejpal's appointment as an employed solicitor to be approved by the SRA. Her employer will be responsible under the rules to ensure that she is appropriately supervised. The Adjudicator taken into account that Mrs Sejpal has continued to practise law albeit not in the United Kingdom.

3. The purposes for which conditions may be imposed on a practising certificate in the public interest are set out in Regulation 6 of the SRA Practising Regulations 2009. Owing to her absence from practising the law of England and Wales the Adjudicator consider she is not suitable to act as a sole practitioner because in that role she would be solely responsible for ensuring that all the rules and regulations of conduct are complied with and client money is protected. She has not practised as a principal in the United Kingdom since 1996 and the Adjudicator consider that such absence could present a risk to clients' interests if she were permitted to practise alone. (Regulation 6.1 (a).

4. The Adjudicator does not consider there would be such risk to clients' interests should Mrs Sejpal wish to practise with experienced practitioners who would be able to provide necessary support and assistance. However, if she wishes to practise with those who have little experience in running and managing a business providing legal services, the Adjudicator considers that it is necessary in the public interest for the SRA to be satisfied in advance that arrangements are suitable (Regulation 6.1 (c)).

5. In all the circumstances the Adjudicator is satisfied that the conditions imposed are necessary in the pubic interest and are reasonable and proportionate.


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