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Drink driving solicitors should be struck off/slapped on wrist/bought a drink, discovers SRA in Facebook video experiment

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Solicitors Regulation Authority goes social meeja-ing

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In a social media first, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has taken to the streets to ask members of the public what should happen if a solicitor is found guilty of drink driving.

The short video (embedded below) — published on the SRA’s Facebook page earlier this month — appears to be a move by the regulatory body to connect with those beyond the profession. It has already gained in excess of 25,000 views.

What should happen if a solicitor is found guilty of drink driving? Have your say here.

Posted by Solicitors Regulation Authority on Monday, January 11, 2016

SRA staff, with camera in hand, received various responses to a fictional scenario regarding a solicitor caught driving while over the limit. The precise question was:

What should happen if a solicitor is found guilty of drink driving?

One member of the public claimed solicitors were “ordinary people like the rest of us” and therefore the SRA shouldn’t be “particularly hard” on them.

Another person — taking a similar line — suggested there shouldn’t be any “special circumstances” just because a lawyer has done wrong. But one high street shopper — who has perhaps had a run in with the legal profession in the past — bluntly responded:

Struck off! Fullstop, that’s it. Struck off.

The video — which is part of the SRA’s “a question trust campaign” — is meant to assist the regulator in identifying “common ground between the legal profession and the public”.

However, somewhat embarrassingly for the SRA, the “common ground” appears to an air of disdain for the, er, regulator.

One Facebook user — taking to the video’s comments section in response to the SRA’s question — simply wrote:

Buy him a drink. He has to put up with the SRA.

Cheers!