The role and conduct of solicitors involved in legal proceedings following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulator announced today.

However it said it has yet to receive any formal complaints about the conduct of solicitors involved in Hillsborough legal proceedings.

In a statement today, the SRA said its decision follows last week’s report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, ‘which identifies serious concerns’.

Samantha Barrass, the regulator’s executive director, said: ‘We have considered the material in the public domain, including the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report, and have decided to begin an investigation. The issues arising from the report impact on the public's confidence in the legal profession and we will undertake a thorough investigation of those issues.

‘The first step is to begin a detailed review of all relevant evidence arising from the report and from the various proceedings.’