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Annual keeping of the roll exercise

We seek your views on proposals to remove the unnecessary and over burdensome process which requires solicitors who do not hold practising certificates to complete a yearly online application and pay a fee if they wish their name to remain on the roll of solicitors.

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

Read: Annual keeping of the roll exercise

Training for Tomorrow: A new approach to continuing competence

The publication of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) report in July 2013 signalled the start of a significant programme of reform of the SRA's approach to education and training. In Training for Tomorrow, our response to the LETR report, we announced our intention to replace the mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for solicitors with a new approach to continuing competence. This consultation paper sets out our currently preferred approach to continuing competence and other possible approaches.
  • Start — 5 February 2014
  • End — 2 April 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

Read: Training for Tomorrow: A new approach to continuing competence

Introduction of a minimum financial strength rating requirement for Participating Insurers

We seek your views on our proposal to introduce a minimum financial strength rating requirement in the 'B's as part of the criteria for an insurer to become a Participating Insurer for the purposes of our compulsory client financial protection arrangements. This proposal is our response to problems that have been created for consumers and firms as a consequence of unrated insurers getting into financial difficulties.
  • Start — 28 January 2014
  • End — 24 March 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

Read: Introduction of a minimum financial strength rating requirement for Participating Insurers

Training for Tomorrow: Regulation review

This consultation sets out proposals for removing unnecessary prescription about how the stages of qualification as a solicitor should be completed and related requirements that do not serve a clear regulatory purpose.

  • Start — 3 December 2013
  • End — 25 February 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

Read: Training for Tomorrow: Regulation review

Proposal to increase the SRA's internal fining powers

Effective, consistent and proportionate use of enforcement powers, including imposing fines, plays a vital role in ensuring a credible deterrence against unacceptable behaviours and furthers the regulatory objectives and professional principles in the Legal Services Act 2007. In this consultation, we invite views on a proposal to increase the current level of our fining powers for 'traditional' law firms from their current level of £2,000.

  • Start — 20 November 2013
  • End — 7 February 2014
  • Status — CLOSED, Report on responses available

Read: Proposal to increase the SRA's internal fining powers

File retention following an intervention into a firm

We consulted on proposed changes to how long the SRA keeps files following an intervention into a firm and/or an individual's practice. Under the current practice, the SRA is required to retain substantial quantities of client files for very long periods, at considerable cost. This cost is passed on to those we regulate and, in turn, to consumers. The SRA considers that these costs could be reduced without significant detriment.

  • Start — 14 October 2013
  • End — 9 December 2013
  • Status — CLOSED, Report on responses available

Read: File retention following an intervention into a firm

Red Tape Initiative - Phase 2: Removing unnecessary regulations and simplifying processes

The Red Tape Initiative is continuing the work of simplifying regulations and removing unnecessary processes. In phase two we invite you to comment on our plans to simplify the practising certificate renewal process and reduce the reporting obligations for COLPs and COFAs.

  • Start — 26 April 2013
  • End — 28 June 2013
  • Status — CLOSED, report on responses available

Read: Red Tape Initiative - Phase 2: Removing unnecessary regulations and simplifying processes

SRA Consultation on New Overseas Rules

This consultation contains the changes we propose to make to the SRA Handbook on 'Practising Overseas' following our previous consultation on a first draft of proposed rules.
  • Start — 20 May 2013
  • End — 25 June 2013
  • Status — CLOSED

Read: SRA Consultation on New Overseas Rules