Sacking a lawyer

Termination by the lawyer

But for solicitors to bring an end to their appointment by a client, it is generally the case that they can only do so where they have ‘good reason’ and where they give reasonable notice of ceasing to act. Examples of ‘good reasons’ include where a solicitor cannot continue to act without being in breach of professional conduct rules, or where a solicitor is unable to obtain clear instructions from a client.

In certain circumstances, under the Solicitors Act 1974 a failure by a client to pay a reasonable sum on account of the costs to be incurred by a lawyer can justify a lawyer bringing his appointment to an end, but again the lawyer must give reasonable notice of this to the client before ceasing to act.