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The SRA may remove from the roll the name of any solicitor who:
replies, following an enquiry under regulation 6, that he or she does not wish to remain on the roll; or
fails to reply within eight weeks to an enquiry under regulation 6; or
fails, within eight weeks of an enquiry under regulation 6, to pay the fee prescribed by regulation 15.1 for remaining on the roll; or
applies to have his or her name removed from the roll; or
A person whose name has been removed from the roll may apply to the SRA for his or her name to be restored to the roll.
This regulation does not apply if:
the Tribunal has made an order prohibiting the restoration of the person's name to the roll except by order of the Tribunal; or
the person's name has been struck off the roll.
The SRA shall not restore a person's name to the roll unless satisfied as to that person's character and suitability to be a solicitor.
The SRA will satisfy itself as to a person's character and suitability in a number of ways. These may include, but are not limited to, CRB disclosures and Police National Computer checks, as well as self-disclosure, in accordance with the Suitability Test. This will be in addition to taking into account the factors set out in regulations 10 and 11.
A solicitor whose name has changed may apply to the SRA to change his or her name on the roll.
The SRA may refuse to remove from or restore to the roll the name of a solicitor or former solicitor against whom there is an outstanding complaint.
The SRA shall not remove from or restore to the roll the name of any solicitor or former solicitor against whom disciplinary proceedings are pending before the Senior Courts or the Tribunal.
Where regulation 7.1(b) or (c) applies, the SRA shall not remove a solicitor's name from the roll until it has notified the solicitor in writing that it intends to remove his or her name.
The SRA shall write to a solicitor or former solicitor:
confirming that his or her name on the roll has been removed from, restored to or changed on the roll; or
giving notice that the SRA has refused to remove from, restore to or change his or her name on the roll.