I think this was the right decision, even though the instinctive reaction is against it.
Rickards at the end of the day was never found guilty in a courtroom. His behaviour did lead to him having to abandon his Police career – no mean thing for an Assistant Commissioner.
I doubt many people will want to use Rickards as their lawyer. And almost everyone will be aware of his past. But f he wants to practice law, and there are people willing to hire him, then the Law Society is correct not to stop that happening.