Press release archive for 2011

December

Take care with vulnerable clients, SRA urges

20 December 2011

Solicitors have been urged by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to ensure they pay close attention to clients' needs from the outset to make sure they deliver a proper standard of service.

Success for SRA event on new approach to regulation

14 December 2011

Around 130 delegates attended a free event in London this week to hear how the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) and the introduction of ABS will affect them and to pose questions about their concerns.

Help just a phone call away over Christmas

13 December 2011

Those looking for help and advice during the festive period will find the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is open for business.

SRA continues to embed diversity principles

6 December 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has made further progress towards embedding the principles of equality and diversity into its work, according to a latest report.

SRA announces start date for ABS applications

1 December 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority will begin accepting licensing applications for alternative business structures (ABS) from 3 January 2012, it announced today.

November

Small firms and sole practitioners invited to a joint SRA and EIG event

17 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the External Implementation Group (EIG) are inviting small firms and sole practitioners to a free event on Monday, 12 December at the Holiday Inn Regents Park, London chaired by Lord Herman Ouseley, to find out more about what outcomes-foc...

Tribunal findings back drive to protect the public

16 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has hailed the findings of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in a high-profile case as endorsement of the drive to place the consumer at the heart of legal services.

SRA calls for all legal services to be regulated

11 November 2011

All legal services should be regulated, to provide better protection for consumers, argues the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), in its response to the Legal Services Board's consultation on the scope of reserved activities.

Final Professional Indemnity Insurance figures

10 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has revealed the final details of the compulsory Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) arrangements of firms in England & Wales for 2011/12.

SRA publishes latest monitoring figures

10 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published its equality monitoring data report for 2010 for key areas of its regulatory activity. The report includes complaints made about solicitors' conduct, the number of practising certificate conditions imposed - and at the more serio...

SRA consults on exercising global responsibilities

8 November 2011

How does a single regulator fulfil its principal duty of consumer protection without constraining a competitive and highly sophisticated international sector? The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched a consultation amongst stakeholders to test proposals.

SRA to seek more information about solicitor advocates’ working practices for QASA

8 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is taking the initiative to ask solicitors with higher rights of audience to complete a questionnaire on the way in which they exercise their higher rights, to feed in to the proposed Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

Education review on track for December 2012 completion

4 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is still more than confident that the Legal Services Education and Training Review (LETR) will have its final report delivered before the end of next year.

October

SRA to consult on implementation of financial protection changes

25 October 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is consulting on the implementation of the next stage of policy changes to ensure clients are protected financially.

Relationship management approach to be rolled out to larger firms

24 October 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will use Relationship Management to deliver the risk-based supervision of large and global firms.

New QLTS scheme produces first successes

19 October 2011

A scheme aimed at opening the solicitor qualification to international lawyers whilst ensuring that the requisite standards are met, has produced its first admissions to the roll. The SRA's Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS), which has been operational since September 2010, open...

Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) Revision

14 October 2011

The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) has agreed a programme of further work so the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates in criminal cases (QASA) can be implemented in stages from April 2012.

Ethics Helpline for solicitors - standing ready

7 October 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority's Professional Ethics helpline for solicitors is dedicated to helping the regulated community with compliance enquiries.

Minister Jonathan Djanogly commends SRA's approach to regulatory reform

7 October 2011

At a stakeholder reception to mark the launch of Outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) and the new Handbook, on 6 October 2011, Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly expressed his genuine excitement "at the steps [you have all] taken to put in motion a framework for the legal services market...

SRA: The path to outcomes-focused regulation

6 October 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and legal services enter a new era today (Thursday, 6 October) with the move to outcomes-focused regulation (OFR).

Cooperation agreements proposed for SRA whistle-blowers

4 October 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) could soon be asking for views on potential agreed penalties for those who have breached the Code of Conduct but disclose their and others' misconduct.

September

Final Version of new SRA Handbook now online

29 September 2011

The final version of the new SRA Handbook—which will underpin the introduction of outcomes-focused regulation on 6 October—is now online.

SRA calls for input into CPD Review

28 September 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it wants a further phase of research to gather more evidence to support its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Review.

SRA Director extols virtues of ABS to conveyancers

26 September 2011

The SRA's Executive Director for Supervision, Risk and Standards, Samantha Barrass, has been extolling the virtues of alternative business structures (ABS) to the Conveyancing Association.

Complaints question details available on-line

21 September 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is reminding those completing this year's Recognition Renewal Form that a new question has been added for 2011 on complaints received by solicitors.

Nearly 28,000 solicitors go online with mySRA

19 September 2011

Nearly 28,000 solicitors have now logged on and activated their personal online accounts, in the first phase of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) project to bring its application processes online.

New website for Legal Education and Training Review

12 September 2011

A new website—www.letr.org.uk—aimed at encouraging awareness and communications on the progress of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), has been launched today by the consortium undertaking the review.

August

ARP Enforcement Strategy continues apace as indemnity year end approaches

24 August 2011

As the indemnity year draws to a close, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is stepping up its efforts in taking strong enforcement measures against firms in the Assigned Risks Pool (ARP) insurance scheme that are failing to pay their premiums.

Comments wanted on QASA rule changes

18 August 2011

A consultation exercise is taking place on the rule changes needed to put the new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocacy (QASA) into place.

SRA publishes guide to becoming an ABS

17 August 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published a guide to help prospective owners of alternative business structures (ABS) understand what steps they will need to take to make a successful application for a licence to operate an ABS.

Davenport Lyons solicitors fined £20,000

2 August 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has welcomed a decision by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to fine two solicitors £20,000 apiece and suspend them from practising for three months, for sending intimidating letters to individuals they accused of illegal filesharing.

Roll-up to the SRA Roadshow

1 August 2011

A further chance to learn about the forthcoming shape of legal regulation is on offer in Birmingham at the Holiday Inn, Smallbrook Queensway on Tuesday, 20 September, hosted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

July

Solicitors Regulation Authority launches investigation

22 July 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority announced today that it had launched a formal investigation into the role of solicitors in events surrounding the News of the World phone hacking crisis, including concerns raised by Tom Watson MP.

SRA launches new Equality Framework

14 July 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched its new Equality Framework, following a three-month period of consultation with the public and engagement with its stakeholders.

ARP strategy paying dividends, says SRA

8 July 2011

New enforcement measures, introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to improve management of the Assigned Risks Pool (ARP) insurance scheme, are paying dividends.

Urgent reminder for students enrolling on the Legal Practice Course

6 July 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is reminding students intending to take the Legal Practice Course this year that they must have current Student Enrolment when they begin the LPC.

June

Solicitors Regulation Authority and De Montfort University host two-day Legal Practice Course Conference

27 June 2011

Delegates from colleges and universities across England and Wales are being invited to a two-day conference on the current approach to, and future training of, solicitors being organised jointly by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and De Montfort University on 29-30 June.

New interim head for education and training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

17 June 2011

The SRA has announced a new head at the helm of Education and Training. Yve Schelhaas replaces Di Lawson on an interim basis with effect from 4 July.

SRA welcomes decisions on Handbook and licensing authority application

16 June 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has welcomed the Legal Services Board's decision to approve its new Handbook, which sets out the standards and requirements for principles-based, outcomes-focused regulation (OFR).

SRA considers work-based learning pilot results

2 June 2011

The SRA has published a report on the results of a two-year pilot to look at different ways of assessing competence in qualifying as a solicitor at the training contract stage.

SRA approves new Qualified Assurance Scheme for Criminal Advocates

1 June 2011

Proposals for a radical overhaul of quality standards for criminal advocates have been approved by the SRA Board today, Wednesday 1 June, subject to assurances on a few key issues.

May

SRA webinars

23 May 2011

A series of webinars designed to prepare law firms for the changes due to take place on October 6 are now open for enrolment on the SRA website.

Key roles for major review

10 May 2011

The SRA, BSB, and Ilex Professional Standards have announced key appointments to take forward their Education and Training Review.

April

SRA rolls out 2011 Roadshows

27 April 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority will roll out its 2011 Roadshows starting on Wednesday 4 May with around 2,500 legal professionals due to attend one of 15 events across England and Wales.

SRA commissions research into Continuing Professional Development

21 April 2011

Professor Andrew Boon of Westminster University has been appointed by the SRA to undertake research into Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the legal profession - the first project of its kind for over 25 years.

SRA sets out plans for engaging with firms undertaking conveyancing

20 April 2011

The SRA has published a draft Supervision and Enforcement Strategy setting out how it intends to engage with firms undertaking conveyancing work.

SRA Board approves key changes to financial protection

14 April 2011

The SRA Board has approved key changes to the arrangements for client financial protection, following receipt of more than 300 responses to its consultation.

New SRA Handbook puts clients' needs first

6 April 2011

Legal services in England and Wales are set for a new era, as the Solicitors Regulation Authority today unveiled its much-anticipated Handbook, which includes its plans for regulating a new type of legal services provider.

March

LPC and CPD providers invited to an information event on Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Assessment requirements

24 March 2011

Prospective training providers are being invited to attend an information event on 5 May at Chancery Lane, being organised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to bring them up to speed on the new Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) Assessment tests.

Licensing authority application decision

23 March 2011

Approval granted

Roadshow places snapped up in an hour

22 March 2011

High demand for the latest Solicitors Regulation Authority roadshows has meant two extra sessions being added to the London dates.

SRA praised after solicitor jailed

21 March 2011

Financial fraud experts based in Leamington have been praised after helping jail a crooked solicitor who was laundering money for his drug-dealing friend.

No change to fees structure

18 March 2011

Following the success of last year's significant changes to fees policy, the SRA proposes to maintain virtually the same structure for 2011/12.

Solicitors told beware of the clones

16 March 2011

Solicitors are being warned to keep a regular watch on their websites in order to foil 'cloning' criminals.

Approval for the Handbook and licensing authority application: Statement from the Chair, Charles Plant

15 March 2011

"I am delighted to announce that the SRA Board has today given final approval to both the new Handbook and the application to become a licensing authority for alternative business structures (ABS), when they enter the legal services market on 6 October, 2011.

Solicitors Regulation Authority makes strides in embedding equality and diversity

14 March 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has developed strong relationships with equality groups, wider access to the profession and employs an increasingly diverse workforce, according to a progress report just released.

SRA’s student online enrolment proves a success

14 March 2011

More than 500 students took advantage of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new online enrolment service during its first week in operation.

Finding out what consumers really want

10 March 2011

Easy-to-understand charges and a solicitor who remembers their names are what clients would like to see as standard when they visit a law firm, while "hidden extras" are certain to cause complaints, new research has revealed.

SRA streamlines student enrolment

2 March 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today launched an online service making it quicker and easier for law students to enrol with their regulating body.

February

SRA announces restructure

15 February 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced an organisational restructure, in preparation for the introduction of outcomes-focused regulation and the licensing of Alternative Business Structures from 6 October 2011.

Six firms sign up for third wave of relationship management pilot

7 February 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced that a further six law firms are to take part in the third wave of its relationship management (RM) pilot in preparation for the introduction of outcomes-focused regulation in October, taking the total number of firms now involve...

SRA Compliance Committee appointments

7 February 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has appointed Anu Kapila and Julian Weinberg to its Compliance Committee.

January

SRA Education and Training Committee appointments

31 January 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has appointed five external members to its Education and Training Committee.

Expressions of interest invited for legal education review

13 January 2011

Expressions of interest are invited for a review of the current legal education and training system for lawyers in England and Wales, which is being jointly commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Institute of Legal Executives P...

Seven firms sign up for second wave of relationship management pilot

7 January 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced that a further seven law firms are to take part in the second wave of their relationship management (RM) pilot in preparation for the introduction of outcomes-focused regulation in October.