Robert Howard Forman, Senior Consultant


Ranked as Star Associate in Chambers and Partners 2019 for a fourth successive year, and recommended by Legal 500 2019, in Professional Discipline, Robert is an experienced Professional Discipline solicitor, with particular expertise in the field of Solicitors’ Professional Discipline & Regulation.

Chambers 2019 say, ‘Robert Forman handles a range of disciplinary investigations for lawyers and law firms alike and also frequently appears before the SDT. Clients say: "He is deeply knowledgeable in all aspects of regulatory compliance and has an excellent client care and case review manner which enables his advice to be prompt, succinct and pertinent."

Legal 500 2019 describe Robert as 'highly regarded' and in the previous edition said, ‘Robert Forman … is noted for his ‘superb acumen and industry knowledge’, ‘excellent communication skills’ and ‘tailored advice’.

Robert has experience of training COLPs and COFAs providing advanced level MBL Seminars on Solicitors Regulation, Professional Discipline & Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Robert has sat on the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal's Users Group and was appointed by the SRA as external advisor to the SRA Compensation Arrangements Review 2012-2014 to give insight from a Defence Practitioner’s perspective. He is a member of the Lawyers Defence Group, the Solicitors Assistance Scheme and the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers. His fields of practice include:

  • Solicitors’ Professional Discipline & Regulation
  • SRA Investigations specialist
  • SDT specialist
  • Interventions
  • Appeals to the Administrative Court & Court of Appeal
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance Coverage Investigations

Robert Qualified as a solicitor 1997.

Some of Robert’s cases :

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v MacGregor [2018] EWHC 3058 (Admin) - Acting for the Respondent in an SRA appeal against SDT sanction
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Naylor [2018] EWHC 3058 (Admin) - Acting for the Respondent in an SRA appeal against SDT sanction
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Kadurugamuwa [2018] Court of Appeal - Successfully resisted SRA application for permission to appeal
  • SRA v A [Apr 2018] - SDT - Representing Principal of defunct firm Asons
  • SRA v N [Jan 2018] - SDT - Solicitor with dishonesty finding allowed to continue in practice
  • SRA v S [Jan 2018] - SDT - RSA agreed withdrawing allegations of dishonesty against solicitor following psychiatric evidence
  • SRA v M [Dec 2017] - SDT - Solicitor with dishonesty finding allowed to continue in practice
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Kadurugamuwa [2017] EWHC 2245 (Admin) – Successfully defended SRA appeal against SDT sanction
  • Kiani v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2015] EWHC 1981 (Admin) (QBD (Admin)) – Successful appeal against SDT decision to strike off a solicitor
  • SRA : Successful appeals against refusals to admit prospective solicitors to the Roll
  • SRA : Only known successful application to SRA in history ordering leading Indemnity Insurer to indemnify an insured solicitor
  • Insurance arbitration : Enforcing a partner’s indemnity cover against leading Indemnity Insurer after partner denied cover
  • Acting for ex-president of the CIOT before the Taxation Disciplinary Board Tribunal

Publications :

Contributor to the Solicitors Handbook by Gregory Treverton-Jones QC & Andrew Hopper QC

You can contact Robert at the following email address: robert.forman@murdochslaw.co.uk