Closed consultations

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Repeal of Solicitors' (Non-Contentious Business) Remuneration Order 1994

We are consulting on our proposed addition to rule 2 of the Code of Conduct to replace the requirements in the current Remuneration Order on giving information to clients and others about how to question a bill.

  • Start — 27 July 2009
  • End — 16 October 2009
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read: Repeal of Solicitors' (Non-Contentious Business) Remuneration Order 1994

Schedule of Charges – SRA (Cost of Investigations) Regulations 2009

We encourage you to comment on proposed changes to the SRA (Cost of Investigations) Regulations 2009 which we hope to introduce, in part, from January 2010. These costs are only applied where an investigation results in a formal regulatory sanction.

  • Start — 1 July 2009
  • End — 30 September 2009
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read: Schedule of Charges – SRA (Cost of Investigations) Regulations 2009

Moving toward a fairer fee policy

A new structure is required to ensure that the allocation of the cost of regulation is fair in the light of firm-based regulation and the introduction of legal disciplinary practices. We are proposing a shift from allocating the cost only among individuals to allocating part of the cost to regulated firms. Please tell us your views.

  • Start — 30 June 2009
  • End — 28 September 2009
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

Read: Moving toward a fairer fee policy

An agenda for quality

We are inviting a wide-ranging debate with users of legal services, legal professionals and other stakeholders about the best ways to maintain and improve the standard of quality of legal services provided by solicitors and the firms in which they practise.

  • Start — 2 June 2009
  • End — 2 September 2009
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read: An agenda for quality

Regulating alternative business structures

We are interested in your views on our proposed approach to regulating alternative business structures (ABSs). ABSs will enable lawyers and non-lawyers to share the management and control of a business which provides reserved legal services to the public.

  • Start — 1 June 2009
  • End — 31 August 2009
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

Read: Regulating alternative business structures

Fees and contributions for registered foreign lawyers

We seeking views on our proposals relating to transitional arrangements for charging fees and Compensation Fund contributions to registered foreign lawyers in light of amendments made by the Legal Services Act.

  • Start — 20 March 2009
  • End — 16 April 2009
  • Status — CLOSED, SRA Board report available

Read: Fees and contributions for registered foreign lawyers

Use of enhanced investigatory powers

We are consulting on how we propose to use our new powers, granted by the Legal Services Act 2007, to require solicitors and others to explain their conduct and produce documents.

  • Start — 20 March 2009
  • End — 15 May 2009
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read: Use of enhanced investigatory powers

Decision-making criteria

This is the first consultation in a series inviting you to comment on our decision-making criteria. It is aimed at anyone interested in the provision and regulation of legal services.

  • Start — 13 March 2009
  • End — 8 May 2009
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read: Decision-making criteria