The Society stresses that they have always maintaned that greater clarity in the process for reporting misconduct is essential to ensure that serious breaches are dealt with quickly. They argue that the system should be suitable for the entire profession, from sole practitioners to larger firms. They also state the view that for the system to operate effectively, it is in the best interests of the public, Law Society members and their clients that the reporting process is clearly defined and easily understood.
The response recognises that the system needs to strike a balance by ensuring that appropriate matters are reported whilst detering over-reporting, and suggests ways in which this balance should be struck in a way which gives practitioners clarity over when they must report.
The full response is available here.