I was contacted about an unfortunate situation where a person’s solicitor refused to act. The person was very upset because it happened just days before a 4 day trial was due to take place. Rule 2 of the Code of Conduct 2007 implemented by the Solicitors Regulation Authority says as follows:
“A solicitor must not cease acting for a client except for good reason and on reasonable notice”
If a solicitor does not provide “reasonable notice” then this is a clear breach of the code. The client has a valid complaint to make to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Compensation may be awarded.