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.

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Sole practice: modernising authorisation

We are seeking your views on our proposal to bring the process for authorising sole practitioner law firms in line with the way in which all other firms will be authorised.

  • Start — 14 December 2010
  • End — 8 March 2011
  • Status — CLOSED, An analysis of responses is now available

Read: Sole practice: modernising authorisation

Future client financial protection arrangements

You are invited to comment on our proposals for amendments to our client financial protection arrangements from October 2011.

These proposals follow on from the independent review of the current client financial protection arrangements undertaken for us by Charles River Associates (CRA).

  • Start — 6 December 2010
  • End — 28 February 2011
  • Status — CLOSED, Analysis of responses now available

Read: Future client financial protection arrangements

The Architecture of Change Part 2 – the new SRA Handbook – feedback and further consultation

This consultation is the last opportunity for comments on the SRA's new Handbook which will underpin the regulation of solicitors and law firms from October 2011.

  • Start — 21 October 2010
  • End — 13 January 2011
  • Status — CLOSED, An analysis of responses is now available.

Read: The Architecture of Change Part 2 – the new SRA Handbook – feedback and further consultation

Legal Practice Course: policy on accreditation of prior learning (APL)

We are seeking your views on our proposals to allow exemptions from the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in specific circumstances.

  • Start — 13 July 2010
  • End — 21 October 2010
  • Status — CLOSED

Read: Legal Practice Course: policy on accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Joint Advocacy Group - Consultation paper on proposals for a quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates

The Joint Advocacy Group, established by the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and ILEX Professional Standards, invites your comments on their proposals for a quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates.

  • Start — 10 August 2010
  • End — 12 November 2010
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses available.

Read: Joint Advocacy Group - Consultation paper on proposals for a quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates

Outcomes-focused regulation - transforming the SRA's regulation of legal services

The SRA is transforming its approach to regulation for the benefit of consumers.

Outcomes-focused regulation will concentrate on the quality of outcomes for clients, allowing firms to show compliance in ways best suited to consumers and their businesses.

You are invited to join the debate.

  • Start — 30 April 2010
  • End — 27 July 2010
  • Status — CLOSED

Read: Outcomes-focused regulation - transforming the SRA's regulation of legal services

The architecture of change: the SRA's new Handbook

This consultation paper takes the first major step in the implementation of outcomes-focused regulation, through the development of the SRA handbook of regulations. At the same time, it introduces the regulatory requirements for alternative business structures, which we intend to begin licensing in October 2011.

  • Start — 28 May 2010
  • End — 20 August 2010
  • Status — CLOSED, Analysis of responses is in progress

Read: The architecture of change: the SRA's new Handbook

Achieving the right outcomes

You are invited to take part in the debate about how we intend to transform the regulation of solicitors and the organisations in which they work.

We are planning to move towards outcomes-focused regulation in 2011, meaning that our work will concentrate more on the quality of what a solicitor is delivering to the client, than prescribing how they reached that stage.

  • Start — 20 January 2010
  • End — 6 March 2010
  • Status — CLOSED

Read: Achieving the right outcomes