The solicitor faced professional misconduct disciplinary proceedings. She sought witness summses for the applicant, a solicitor and officer of a local authority taking part in the action which was the origin of the complaint. They stated that they had no relevant knowledge and that the summonses were not issued in good faith.
Held: The purpose of the disciplinary proceedings were to determine the propriety and standards of the solicitor’s practice. The motives of the witness summonses were as to the motives for making the complaint. The witnesses should not be required to give evidence and the summonses were set aside.
 EWHC 2463 (Admin)
Litigation Practice, Legal Professions
Updated: 04 August 2022; Ref: scu.376214