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Red Tape Initiative - Phase 3: Changes to the SRA's education and training regulations

This consultation forms part of our Red Tape initiative to remove, curtail or simplify regulations and processes which are not in the public interest and which do not reflect the principles of better regulation. The changes we propose in this consultation arise largely because of recent changes we have made to education and training regulations in relation to student enrolment and CPD and a need to ensure that other education and training requirements are consistent with those changes.

  • Start — 22 September 2014
  • End — 17 November 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

Read: Red Tape Initiative - Phase 3: Changes to the SRA's education and training regulations

CALL FOR EVIDENCE: Client protection

We are calling for evidence to inform our work to improve the way that client protection is delivered through the Compensation Fund and professional indemnity insurance arrangements.
  • Start — 1 August 2014
  • End — 30 September 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of submissions in progress

Read: CALL FOR EVIDENCE: Client protection

Proposed changes to the registered European lawyer regime

This consultation, which originally opened on 17 February 2014 and closed on 14 April 2014, sets out a new approach to take to the authorisation of law firms from European Establishment Directive States. On 11 June 2014, we published a report on the responses to this consultation, and we now invite comments on our final proposed amendments to the SRA Handbook.

  • Start — 11 June 2014
  • End — 24 June 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

Read: Proposed changes to the registered European lawyer regime

Multi-disciplinary practices

We are proposing to reform the way that we license multi–disciplinary practices (MDPs) as the changes to the legal market and regulatory landscape introduced by the Legal Services Act continue to bed in. (MDPs are alternative business structures that provide a mixture of legal and non-legal services.) This is part of our programme to reduce regulatory burdens and remove potential barriers to entry.

  • Start — 7 May 2014
  • End — 18 June 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

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Proportionate regulation: changes to reporting accounting requirements

This consultation contains two proposals: removal of mandatory requirement that firms must submit an annual accountant's report to the SRA; requiring COFAs to sign a declaration they are satisfied that the firm is managing client account in accordance with the SRA Account Rules. The proposals are part of a programme of reforming our regulatory regime to reduce unnecessary burdens and provide flexibility of approach to deliver good financial management.

  • Start — 7 May 2014
  • End — 18 June 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

Read: Proportionate regulation: changes to reporting accounting requirements

Proportionate regulation: changes to minimum compulsory professional indemnity cover

This consultation contains proposals to reduce the regulatory burden, provide targeted regulation and increase competition. It is part of a wider review of the scope of cover under the Minimum Terms and Conditions.
  • Start — 7 May 2014
  • End — 18 June 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

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Compensation Arrangements Review: the introduction of an eligibility criteria

We are reviewing the arrangements we have in place to compensate consumers of legal services when they suffer financial loss due to dishonesty, failure to account or civil liability of uninsured practitioners. The review aims to identify potentially innovative ways of delivering the optimum level of client protection, whether or not that includes compensation arrangements in the form that they currently exist. In this consultation, we propose changes to the SRA Compensation Fund Rules 2011 to set out who is eligible to claim on the Compensation Fund.
  • Start — 7 May 2014
  • End — 18 June 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, summary of responses available

Read: Compensation Arrangements Review: the introduction of an eligibility criteria

Red Tape Initiative: Residual client balances

This consultation seeks views on proposals to amend the SRA Account Rules 2011 relating to how practitioners deal with client money they are unable to return to clients at the end of a matter (residual client balances), including the processes surrounding the withdrawal of such funds and the basis for distribution to charities.

  • Start — 31 March 2014
  • End — 26 May 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

Read: Red Tape Initiative: Residual client balances