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(a)to strike the name of a solicitor off the roll;
(b)to require a solicitor to answer allegations contained in an affidavit;
(c)to require a former solicitor whose name has been removed from or struck off the roll to answer allegations contained in an affidavit relating to a time when he was a solicitor;
(d)by a solicitor who has been suspended from practice for an unspecified period, by order of the Tribunal, for the termination of that suspension;
(e)by a former solicitor whose name has been struck off the roll to have his name restored to the roll;
[F2(ea)by a solicitor who has been suspended from practice as a sole solicitor for an unspecified period, by order of the Tribunal, for the termination of that suspension;]
(f)by a former solicitor in respect of whom a direction has been given under subsection (2)(g) to have his name restored to the roll,
shall be made to the Tribunal; but nothing in this susbsection shall affect any jurisdiction over solicitors exercisable by the Master of the Rolls, or by any judge of the High Court, by virtue of section 50.
(2)Subject to [F3subsections (2E) and](3) and to section 54, on the hearing of any application or complaint made to the Tribunal under this Act, other than an application under section 43, the Tribunal shall have power to make such order as it may think fit, and any such order may in particular include provision for any of the following matters—
(a)the stiking off the roll of the name of the solicitor to whom the application or complaint relates;
(b)the suspension of that solicitor from practice indefinitely or for a specified period;
[F4(ba)the revocation of that solicitor's sole solicitor endorsement (if any);
(bb)the suspension of that solicitor from practice as a sole solicitor indefinitely or for a specified period;]
(c)the payment by that solicitor or former solicitor of a penalty F5..., which shall be forfeit to Her Majesty;
(d)in the circumstances referred to in subsection (2A), the exclusion of that solicitor from [F6providing representation funded by the Legal Services Commission as part of the Criminal Defence Service] (either permanently or for a specified period);
(e)the termination of that solicitor’s unspecified period of suspension from practice;
[F7(ea)the termination of that solicitor's unspecified period of suspension from practice as a sole solicitor;]
(f)the restoration to the roll of the name of a former solicitor whose name has been struck off the roll and to whom the application relates;
(g)in the case of a former solicitor whose name has been removed from the roll, a direction prohibiting the restoration of his name to the roll except by order of the Tribunal;
(h)in the case of an application under subsection (1)(f), the restoration of the applicant’s name to the roll;
(i)the payment by any party of costs or a contribution towards costs of such amount as the Tribunal may consider reasonable.]
[F8(2A)An order of the Tribunal may make provision for the exclusion of a solicitor from [F9providing representation] as mentioned in subsection [F10(2)(d)] where the Tribunal determines that there is good reason for doing so arising out of—
(a)his conduct, including conduct in the capacity of agent for another solicitor, in connection with the provision for any person of services [F11funded by the Legal Services Commission as part of the Community Legal Service or Criminal Defence Service]; or
(b)his professional conduct generally.
(2B)Where the Tribunal makes any such order as is re–referred to in subsection (2A) in the case of a solicitor who is a member of a firm of solicitors, the Tribunal may, if it thinks fit, order that any other person who is for the time being a member of the firm shall be excluded (either permanently or for a specified period) from [F12providing representation funded by the Legal Services Commission as part of the Criminal Defence Service].
(2C)The Tribunal shall not make an order under subsection (2B) F13. . . unless an opportunity is given to him to show cause why the order should not be made.
(2D)Any person excluded from [F14providing representation funded by the Legal Services Commission as part of the Criminal Defence Service] by an order under this section may make an application to the Tribunal for an order terminating his exclusion F15. . ..]
[F16(2E)On the hearing of any complaint made to the Tribunal by virtue of section 34A(2) or (3), the Tribunal shall have power to make one or more of the following—
(a)an order directing the payment by the employee to whom the complaint relates of a penalty to be forfeited to Her Majesty;
(b)an order requiring the Society to consider taking such steps as the Tribunal may specify in relation to that employee;
(c)if that employee is not a solicitor, an order which states one or more of the matters mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) of section 43(2);
(d)an order requiring the Society to refer to an appropriate regulator any matter relating to the conduct of that employee.
(2F)Subsections (1) to (1C), (3) and (4) of section 44 apply in relation to an order under subsection (2E)(c) as they apply in relation to an order under section 43(2).
(2G)Section 44(2), paragraph 16(1)(d) and (1A)(d) of Schedule 2 to the Administration of Justice Act 1985 and paragraph 15(3A) of Schedule 14 to the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 apply in relation to an order under subsection (2E)(c) as they apply in relation to an order under section 43(2).
(2H)For the purposes of subsection (2E)(d) an “appropriate regulator” in relation to an employee means—
(a)if the employee is an authorised person in relation to a reserved legal activity (within the meaning of the Legal Services Act 2007), any relevant approved regulator (within the meaning of that Act) in relation to that employee, and
(b)if the employee carries on activities which are not reserved legal activities (within the meaning of that Act), any body which regulates the carrying on of such activities by the employee.]
F16(3)On proof of the commission of an offence with respect to which express provision is made by any section of this Act, the Tribunal shall, without prejudice to its power of making an order as to costs, impose the punishment, or one of the punishments, specified in that section.
[F17(3A)Where, on the hearing of any application or complaint under this Act, the Tribunal is satisfied that more than one allegation is proved against the person to whom the application or complaint relates it may impose a separate penalty (by virtue of subsection (2)(c) ) with respect to each such allegation.]
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