Closed consultations

Consultations that have closed are listed below. When they are available, summaries and analyses of responses and policy decision announcements are included. For details, please follow the links.

You can also find out about consultations that are open.

To stay informed about our consultations, subscribe to SRA consultation alerts.

Closed consultations

Corporate Strategy 2017–20

Our aim for 2017–20 is to continue that work in collaboration with the public, those we regulate, the justice system and other regulators. That will help us to better understand and meet the needs of everyone we serve. To do this, we are proposing five new strategic objectives for 2017–20.

  • Start — 27 July 2017
  • End — 21 September 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read more

A new route to qualification: New regulations

We are now consulting on our proposed regulations to provide the regulatory framework for qualification as a solicitor via the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, and on our proposals for recognition of the knowledge and competences of qualified lawyers which will form part of the new regulatory framework. These will come into effect no earlier than September 2020.

  • Start — 31 May 2017
  • End — 26 July 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read more

Enabling innovation: Consultation on a new approach to waivers and developing the SRA Innovation Space

We are consulting on proposed changes to applications for waivers and the introduction of criteria and guidance to develop further our Innovation Space. This is an evolving initiative that aims to support firms of all types  to deliver products and services in new ways, creating a legal services market more responsive to customer needs. These changes will remove barriers that could be preventing solicitors and firms innovate, while making sure the public and business users of legal services remain protected.

  • Start — 14 December 2016
  • End — 8 March 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read more

A new route to qualification: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination

This second consultation sets out more detail about how we are proposing solicitors might qualify in the future – and specifically about the SQE. It makes clear how we have revised and developed our proposals in the light of feedback from the first consultation, and it explains how the SQE would fit with preparatory training, including work-based learning. It sets out how the SQE can assure high professional standards.

  • Start — 3 October 2016
  • End — 9 January 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses published

Read more

Looking to the Future - flexibility and public protection

A phased review of the SRA Handbook and our regulatory approach - Principles, Code of Conduct and Practice Framework Rules.

  • Start — 1 June 2016
  • End — 21 September 2016
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses published

Read more

Looking to the Future: Accounts Rules review

Our regulatory reform programme includes a review of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 ('the Accounts Rules'), which govern the handling of client money by those we regulate. The core purpose of the Accounts Rules is to ensure that money belonging to clients is kept safe. Our objective is to rationalise and simplify the rules. We aim to remove any unnecessary restrictions, prescription and detail while, at the same time, maintaining appropriate consumer protections. We have followed the same drafting principles as for our wider review of our Handbook.

  • Start — 1 June 2016
  • End — 21 September 2016
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses published

Read more

Removing barriers to switching regulators

We are proposing to amend our Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) requirements to remove a significant barrier to firms who wish to leave SRA regulation to be regulated by another Approved Regulator.

  • Start — 21 April 2016
  • End — 14 July 2016
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses published

Read more

The Insurance Act 2015 and consequential changes to the minimum terms and conditions of professional indemnity insurance

The Insurance Act 2015 (the Insurance Act) will come into force on 12 August 2016 and will make changes to the law on non-disclosure and misrepresentation in relation, in particular, to commercial insurance contracts. We are proposing to amend the minimum terms and conditions (MTC) of professional indemnity insurance (PII) with effect from 12 August 2016 to bring them into line with some aspects of the Insurance Act when it comes into force.

  • Start — 12 February 2016
  • End — 24 March 2016
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses published

Read more

Print page to PDF