Closed consultations

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Closed consultations

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 in progress

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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

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Training for Tomorrow: assessing competence

This consultation is part of Training for Tomorrow, our response to the 2013 report of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) which called for a greater focus of regulatory attention on the standards we require of solicitors both at qualification and on an ongoing basis.

  • Start — 7 December 2015
  • End — 4 March 2016
  • Status — CLOSED

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Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates

The Joint Advocacy Group’s (compromising of legal regulators Bar Standards Board (BSB), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and CiLEX Regulation) is consulting on minor changes to the operation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates raised during the judicial review process.

  • Start — 1 October 2015
  • End — 24 December 2015
  • Status — CLOSED

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