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PC Renewals window closes for this year

The deadline has now passed for those wishing to renew their Practising Certificate for 2012/13.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA’s) window for renewals opened on 1 November and closed on Friday (14 December). Individuals and firms had until then to complete their application and submit payment to allow them to continue practising in 2012/13.

A total of 26,764 bulk and single applications were submitted by the deadline out of an estimated 32,611. Of the 6,000 or so applications not submitted, around 1,500 have been created and are in process but have not yet been submitted.

The exercise marked the second time the SRA had used the online renewal system. Solicitors were able to renew their PC using their ‘mySRA’ account.

The SRA had sought feedback from the profession following the first year of online renewals and this engagement paid dividends. Apart from minor technical issues that were quickly rectified, there was no repeat of the problems faced first time around.

Alan Vallance, Director of Organisation Services, said: "I am grateful to all those who have completed and paid on time. We are extremely pleased with the way the online renewals process has gone this year.

"While there have been some minor issues with the process, these have been identified and resolved quickly. The relatively trouble-free process this time around demonstrates that the extensive engagement work that we did with the profession earlier in the year paid dividends.

“However, while we’re happy with the vast majority who completed the process in good time, we are concerned those people who are not yet even in the system. Yesterday (Monday), we had more than 1,000 calls to the Contact Centre about the renewals process with a number of those having forgotten their password from last year.

“This implies that those individuals and firms have failed to even start renewing before the deadline.”

The SRA will start the revocation process for all those who have failed to renew their practising certificate early in the New Year.

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