Judges of the top court are to be asked to consider whether they have the power to rule on appeals concerning disciplinary tribunals. The issue has been raised by a solicitor who is fighting a Law Society ruling against him. It is argued that a law which states that the Court of Appeal has the final say in such cases should not apply under post-handover arrangements which saw the creation of the Court of Final Appeal. The same restriction would also appear to apply to disciplinary hearings involving dentists, doctors, nurses, architects and accountants. Permission to take the case to the top court was refused by the Court of Appeal yesterday. But it is understood the solicitor, who was not named in court, will now seek 'special leave' from three Court of Final Appeal judges for the issue to be determined by that court. Mr Justice Gerald Godfrey said: 'We accept the point raised by the solicitor may fairly be described as important.' But the judge said it would be better for the top court to consider it in a different case where there were other appropriate issues to be determined. The solicitor was disciplined for breaching rules in relation to when lawyers can act for both buyers and sellers in property deals. When Mr Justice Godfrey gave judgment in the case last July, he harshly criticised the Law Society for allowing the practice. Clive Grossman SC, for the solicitor, argued that this was another issue of great public importance. But the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday this was only part of the background of the case and should not therefore be referred for consideration by the top court. Mr Justice Godfrey, sitting with Mr Justice Anthony Rogers and Mr Justice Robert Ribeiro, also rejected a bid to take the case further on the issue of whether the Law Society can cut down the effect of legislation in relation to the conduct of lawyers.