My seven years exile from the profession is now ended!
In 2013 I took the decision to close down my law firm, TJ Shepperson, to concentrate on running this Landlord Law service and my training company.
I had intended to continue as a ‘non practising solicitor’ but then learned that under the solicitors practising regulations as they then were, I would technically be committing a criminal offence if I gave any telephone or other advice while not part of a ‘regulated firm’.
The only way I could continue to provide telephone and other advice was to come off the ‘roll’ and cease being a solicitor altogether. Which was what I did – although I was not happy about it.
I wrote about this in my Landlord Law Blog post here.
Happily the Solicitors Regulation Authority then decided to change the law to allow solicitors to advise the public via a ‘non regulated firm’ so long as they did not carry out ‘reserved activities’.
The changes came into effect last November (2019).
As I have no intention of carrying out any ‘reserved activities’ this stipulation is not a problem for me. So I have now made my application, paid the fees and have today received confirmation from the SRA that I am back on the roll and have a practising certificate again. Pictured above.
In a way, nothing! It will not change the work that I do. However it means that I can now call myself a solicitor again. Which is a great relief.
And my seven year exile from the profession is now over.