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The relevance to a tribunal's order of the defendant's means

The means of a defendant to tribunal proceedings may be a relevant consideration in calculating the appropriate sanction as to the level of fines and costs. This would usually arise when a solicitor is being suspended from practice or struck off; but there will be exceptional cases where, even though a solicitor is allowed to continue in practice, his income may be a relevant consideration both as to any costs sanction and in respect of any financial penalty that might be imposed: D'Souza v The Law Society [2009] EWHC 2193 (Admin).


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