Press release archive for 2012

December

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) smashes £5,000 target for charity

21 December 2012

Employees at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), based at The Cube in the city centre, are celebrating their success in raising over £5,000 for their adopted charity – Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, which has a central hub in Birmingham co-ordinating treatment centres around ...

COLPs and COFAs approvals reach 8,000 as deadline looms

19 December 2012

More than 8,000 firms have now had their nominations for the key roles of COLPs and COFAs approved.

SRA provides information about European qualifying insurers

18 December 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has provided information about insurers who sign up to the SRA Qualifying Insurers Agreement and who are based elsewhere in Europe.

PC Renewals window closes for this year

18 December 2012

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

Next steps on QASA agreed

17 December 2012

Following detailed consideration and analysis of the responses to the fourth consultation, the BSB, IPS and SRA, via the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) have agreed on the next steps for introducing the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

Help just a phone call away over Christmas

17 December 2012

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

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) sets out plans for next three years

14 December 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to announce its future priorities, and will be publishing its model for assessing risks to its regulatory objectives, at a free event being held for stakeholders in central Birmingham today (Friday 14 December).

SRA warns of "unthinking" compliance

9 December 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has reminded firms to ensure they have considered the outcomes for clients after learning some might be taking a tick-box approach to compliance with OFR.

SRA appoints new executive director

9 December 2011

Richard Collins, the SRA's Director of Policy and Standards, has been promoted to the position of Executive Director, with responsibilities for Regulatory Policy, Standards, Strategy and Research.

Firms risk missing COLPs and COFAs approvals deadline, warns SRA

5 December 2012

Several hundred firms could start the New Year without having their compliance officers in place, the SRA Executive Director with overall responsibility for the appointment of these key roles, warned today.

November

Solicitors urged to complete PC renewals process

30 November 2012

Solicitors have been urged to renew their practising certificate in good time as the deadline for renewals is fast approaching.

First round of COLP and COFA approvals

30 November 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued its first tranche of approvals for the key posts of Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) and Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA).

SRA agrees terms of reference for comparative case review

28 November 2012

The SRA has reached agreement with members of its External Implementation Group (EIG) on the terms of reference for a comparative case review, designed to further improve transparency in the way in which it makes regulatory decisions.

SRA recommends solicitors make financial advisers decision

27 November 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will recommend that its Board decides to allow solicitors to refer clients to any financial adviser, regardless of whether or not they are tied to particular institution.

SRA sets out its strategic direction for next three years

26 November 2012

The SRA is inviting stakeholders to the launch of its strategic plan for 2013-15, which will include an in-depth session on how it intends delivering risk-based outcomes-focused regulation.

In-house research survey goes live

23 November 2012

The online survey is now under way to aid the detailed research being carried out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to better understand the in-house lawyers sector.

SRA marks opening of new HQ with launch of 'Red Tape' Challenge

16 November 2012

The SRA has hosted a reception for key stakeholders to mark its move to new headquarters at The Cube, in Birmingham city centre.

LPC student enrolment available online

13 November 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced that from today, Monday, 12 November, the online student enrolment application system will be available for students who wish to commence their Legal Practice Course in 2013.

SRA reveals solicitors' insurance figures

13 November 2012

Insurers have underwritten nearly £240 million worth of business for solicitors in England and Wales, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has revealed.

SRA welcomes new faces to the Board

13 November 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced the appointment of new Board members.

SRA and Law Society say anyone can 'play' for England and Wales, irrespective of their heritage

8 November 2012

Lawyers from some 84 different countries are able to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales under a special scheme aimed at reflecting the global nature of the economy.

PC renewals 2012 goes live

1 November 2012

The SRA has confirmed that the 2012 round of Practising Certificate renewals will commence on Thursday, 1 November, with a closing date of Friday 14 December.

October

Co-operation Policy consultation launched

31 October 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched its consultation on Co-operation Agreements and has published the associated Whistleblowers Charter.

SRA debates way forward for referral fee ban

23 October 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has launched its official consultation on its approach to enforcing the ban on referral fees in personal injury cases.

SRA receives positive feedback for proactive engagement

19 October 2012

Delegates across the country have welcomed the SRA's recent outcomes-focused (OFR) workshops developed in partnership with the Sole Practitioner's Group and groups representing black and minority ethnic solicitors in the profession.

SRA emphasises benefits of co-operation and proactive engagement

18 October 2012

Speaking at the COLPs and COFAs Conference in Holborn Bars on Thursday, 18 October, SRA Executive Director Samantha Barrass, reported on the progress that had been made since announcing the start of the compliance officers' nomination process in May this year, and the benefits of co-o...

Variety of ABS applications intrigues SRA

18 October 2012

Law firms seeking to be licensed as Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have found a variety of ways of organising themselves, Chief Executive Antony Townsend has revealed.

Richard Susskind advises decision-makers to look to the future for guidance

17 October 2012

The Legal Education and Review (LETR) research team should aim to ‘invent the future of legal education and training' through the innovative use of new technology and the emergence of new roles, instead of merely improving existing models, according to Professor Richard Susskind's ‘Pr...

SRA gets better handle on in-house lawyers

16 October 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is undertaking detailed research to better understand the in-house lawyers sector.

Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme extending its reach

8 October 2012

The SRA's Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme (QLTS) for international and intra-UK lawyers wishing to practise as solicitors in England and Wales is now available to lawyers from 84 jurisdictions throughout the world - including the recent additions of Peru and Egypt.

SRA looks at impact of first year of OFR

5 October 2012

The impact of the first year of outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) on solicitors firms will be revealed by a study commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Legal regulators to launch first international support network

2 October 2012

Regulators from the world’s leading legal centres have agreed to set up their first support network, following the success of an inaugural conference for legal regulators internationally.

ARP applications remain low for final year

2 October 2012

 Applications from solicitors firms looking to enter the Assigned Risks Pool (ARP) remain low for what is the final year of the "insurer of last resort", the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has reported.

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) arrives at The Cube, Birmingham

1 October 2012

Six hundred staff from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) this week completed their move to the Cube building, in the heart of Birmingham.

September

More than 10,000 solicitors indicate they will be seeking criminal advocacy accreditation

26 September 2012

More than 10,000 solicitors across England and Wales have completed the SRA’s notification process as the first step in becoming registered to be a criminal advocate in the new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Criminal).

COLPs and COFAs appointment process running smoothly

25 September 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has outlined the steady progress being made with the appointment of the key posts of Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) and Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA).

SRA to look at how firms are delivering their equality and diversity responsibilities

21 September 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is starting a new thematic pilot project focusing on firms' adherence to Principle 9 – relating to how they are delivering their equality and diversity obligations in practice.

Hillsborough investigation launched by SRA

21 September 2012

The role and conduct of solicitors involved in legal proceedings following the Hillsborough disaster will be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

SRA announces date for PC renewals

20 September 2012

The SRA has announced that the 2012 round of Practising Certificate renewals will commence on Thursday 1 November, with a closing date of Friday 14 December.

SRA urges non-activated to activate!

18 September 2012

The SRA has urged those remaining individuals and firms who have not yet activated their mySRA accounts to do so ahead of the 2012 renewals exercise, which will commence on or soon after 1 November.

SRA offers support to firms facing financial problems

14 September 2012

Firms facing financial difficulties, due to the recession, are being invited to contact the SRA for support and advice, as part of the regulator's new approach under outcomes-focused regulation.

SRA on countdown for move to Birmingham

11 September 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has confirmed a phased move of its staff to new premises at The Cube in Birmingham will take place in September with the office fully open for business on 1 October.

SRA to help firms embed mortgage fraud risk systems

10 September 2012

SRA to help firms embed mortgage fraud risk systems The SRA has set out how it intends to engage with firms undertaking conveyancing work in order to reduce the risk of mortgage fraud.

Supervision Pilot shows positive results for the SRA

7 September 2012

Results of the SRA's supervision pilot focusing on over 100 firms of varying size across the country showed overwhelmingly positive feedback from the profession, according to a report just published.

SRA to consult on Co-operation Policy to maximise public protection

6 September 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will be asking for views on potential agreed outcomes for those who have breached the Code of Conduct, but then disclose their and others’ misconduct.

SRA publishes referral fee discussion analysis

4 September 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published its analysis of the responses to its discussion paper on the forthcoming ban on referral fees in personal injury cases.

August

Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) – countdown for notification and consultation responses

31 August 2012

The SRA is reminding key stakeholders of two fast approaching deadlines for the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

SRA organises events for BME solicitors

30 August 2012

Black and minority ethnic solicitors are being invited to the first of two free workshop events on the SRA's approach to outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) on Wednesday, 17 October, at the Law Society Chancery Lane.

Legal Education and Training Review Team publish Discussion Paper 2

28 August 2012

Changes to the current system of legal education and training are likely to be required to ensure that legal professionals possess the necessary skills to practise in the future legal services market, the latest LETR Review discussion paper suggests.

Fees structure for 2012/13 now confirmed

28 August 2012

The Law Society Council and Legal Services Board have now ratified the SRA's approach to fees for the year 2012/13.

SRA licenses Parabis as 20th ABS

22 August 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has named Parabis Law as its 20th alternative business structure (ABS). Parabis Law is backed by private equity firm Duke Street—and is the first ABS to adopt this model.

Irwin Mitchell latest firm to join SRA’s ABS tally

20 August 2012

The SRA has announced that Irwin Mitchell is the latest alternative business structure (ABS) to be authorised, taking the SRA’s ABS total to 19. This is the first ‘multi-licence’ application to be endorsed (with five different entities approved within the Irwin Mitchell Group), and th...

Referral fee ban debate moves on

10 August 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is collating all the comments received in response to its discussion paper on the forthcoming ban on referral fees in personal injury cases.

Consumer research project launched in Llandudno

9 August 2012

A look at how the public accesses legal services saw the people of Llandudno canvassed for their views by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

SRA agrees to insurers' request for change

8 August 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has agreed to a minor change to the Qualifying Insurer's Agreement, suggested by the insurers that provide professional indemnity cover to law firms.

SRA appoints expert to carry out comparative case review

7 August 2012

Professor Gus John, a consultant and well-known expert in equality and race relations issues, has been commissioned to carry out an independent comparative case review to determine if there is any disparity in the SRA's regulatory decision-making between black and minority ethnic (BME...

Solicitors urged to contribute to Legal Education and Training Review survey

7 August 2012

Solicitors and other stakeholders have only nine days—until 16 August—to respond to the anonymous online survey giving them the opportunity to comment and give information on the Legal Education and Training Review.

Keeping of the roll launches 3 September

7 August 2012

The SRA has announced that the keeping of the roll process is expected to commence on 3 September.

SRA licenses 15th ABS

6 August 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today taken the number of alternative business structures (ABSs) it has licensed to 15, with more promised in the coming weeks.

SRA begins COLPS and COFAs approvals

1 August 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has started to consider law firms' nominations for Compliance Officers for Legal Practice (COLPs) and Compliance Officers for Finance and Administration (COFAs). 

July

SRA consults on financial adviser rules

31 July 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched its consultation on the rules governing how solicitors work with financial advisers.

Equality and diversity: Progress made, more to do

31 July 2012

Equality and diversity remains a strategic priority for the SRA, the authority's Board was told when it received the second annual equality and diversity progress report at its meeting on 4 July.

SRA sets record straight on consumer focus

30 July 2012

The new Outcomes-Focused Regulation regime is the clearest of indicators that the needs of clients have been embedded into the regulation of solicitors, the SRA has said.

QASA Scheme fourth consultation goes live

18 July 2012

The fourth and final consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) (QASA) has gone live.

International symposium makes 'major contribution' to LETR review

12 July 2012

A well-attended symposium, which provided a platform to debate some of the key issues emerging from the wide-ranging Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), has made a "major contribution" to the review, says research team lead, Professor Julian Webb.

More than 2,500 solicitors sign up for new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) in the first week

6 July 2012

More than 2,500 solicitors and Registered European Lawyers have completed the notification form for the new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) (QASA) since it went live this week (Monday, 2 July) on the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) website.

SRA announces its approach to diversity data collection

5 July 2012

The SRA has announced how it will be approaching the Legal Service Board’s (LSB) requirement for all approved regulators to gather a more comprehensive evidence base about the diversity characteristics of the legal workforce.

SRA mulls consultation on financial adviser rules

4 July 2012

The SRA Board has been asked to approve a consultation on the rules governing how solicitors work with financial advisers.

SRA publishes new guidance on ABS applications

3 July 2012

The SRA has published new guidance to assist organisations planning to submit an application to be licensed as an alternative business structure (ABS).

June

Fees calculator helps firms to plan

27 June 2012

 Solicitors and firms can get help with their budget planning for next year by using the fees calculator on the SRA website.

Fourth version of SRA Handbook goes live

22 June 2012

Version 4 of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Handbook has now gone live.

Professor Gus John appointed to chair LETR Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Group

20 June 2012

Professor Gus John, International Development and Education Consultant, and Social Investment Expert, is to chair the Equality and Diversity and Social Mobility (EDSM) Group that will contribute to the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) jointly commissioned by the Solicitors R...

SRA debates way forward for referral fee ban

13 June 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has started the debate on the best way to deal with the Government's ban on referral fees in personal injury cases.

Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates - Solicitor advocates urged to notify the SRA

12 June 2012

Solicitors and Registered European Lawyers in England and Wales wishing to undertake criminal advocacy from January 2013 will have to officially notify the SRA under the new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) (QASA) arrangements.

LETR Symposium invites debate: limited places available

1 June 2012

The Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) Research team, in conjunction with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, is organising a Symposium in Manchester between 10-11 July 2012 to publicise progress to date and encourage debate on the emerging issues coming out of the Review.

May

Board decides on Financial Protection policy

29 May 2012

The Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has decided to make a number of changes to its Financial Protection Policy, as part of the annual review process.

SRA to consult on APF regulation

25 May 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to consult on the options to changing the part it plays in regulating authorised professional firms (APFs) now that some may choose to become alternative business structures (ABSs).

SRA reminds potential LPC students of important deadlines

18 May 2012

Last updated: 13 February 2013

Restoration to the roll of solicitors – important information

18 May 2012

Individuals wishing to restore their name to the roll of solicitors can do so now.

Board asked to approve in-house solicitor rules

18 May 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has applied to the Legal Services Board for approval of amendments to its Practice Framework Rules (PFR) to help clarify the position of in-house solicitors when providing services to third parties.

SRA announces decision on minimum salary for trainees

17 May 2012

From 2014 firms will no longer be obliged to pay trainees a minimum salary above the national minimum wage following the decision made by the SRA Board.

SRA issues bogus firm advice to profession

7 May 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued guidance to the profession on how to guard against identity theft.

Agreement allows more information sharing

3 May 2012

Regulators from across the legal, accountancy, financial and property sectors have signed a formal agreement that will allow even greater sharing of information.

SRA reiterates solicitors' responsibilities in PPI cases

3 May 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reiterated the information provided to solicitors involved in claims for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) in light of increased awareness of some companies offering their services when they may not be needed.

SRA works with profession to identify key improvements for mySRA

2 May 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has identified priorities for improving its online application service, mySRA, after publishing a survey and conducting workshops around the country to get the profession’s feedback.

ARP premiums enforcement work continues

2 May 2012

Fifteen solicitors have had sanctions imposed by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal as a result of the drive by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to enforce payment of premiums for insurance from the Assigned Risks Pool (ARP), and fifteen more await hearings.

April

SRA helps consumers become ‘solicitor-savvy’

30 April 2012

The SRA is stepping up its game in relation to the advice it is giving consumers of legal services.

Changes to SRA Handbook approved

30 April 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has had changes to its Handbook approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB).

Fifth ABS named by SRA

27 April 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced a further organisation to be licensed as an alternative business structure (ABS).

SRA hosts wide-ranging debate on the future of regulation

27 April 2012

Regulators should develop a more coherent view of how regulation can work most effectively within the rapidly-changing legal services environment, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Chief Executive Antony Townsend believes.

SRA issues bogus firm warning signs

25 April 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued guidance for the public on how to help ensure the law firm they choose to use is genuine.

Latest ABS named by SRA

25 April 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced the latest organisation it has licensed as an alternative business structure (ABS).

MPs concerned constituents in the dark on legal services

24 April 2012

MPs are concerned that their constituents do not know if they are getting the right deal when purchasing legal services, according to new research from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

SRA makes changes to Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations

23 April 2012

The SRA has responded positively to calls from Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations (QLTR) applicants, for whom time is running out to complete the mandatory work experience element of the scheme. QLTR predates the Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme (QLTS), which was introduced in 2010.

SRA responds to Financial Protection policy comments

23 April 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published the feedback received during the consultation on its Financial Protection Policy over the turn of the year.

SRA backs LSB's bid to protect consumers

23 April 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has backed the Legal Services Board (LSB) proposal to make will writing and estate administration reserved legal activities.

SRA announces COLPs and COFAs timescales and spells out senior managers’ responsibilities

19 April 2012

SRA Executive Director Samantha Barrass has laid out the SRA’s plans for nominating and appointing Compliance Officers for Legal Practice (COLPs) and Compliance Officers for Finance and Administration (COFAs).

LETR invites feedback

3 April 2012

The SRA Board will consider a progress report on the Legal Education and Training Review including the first of three discussion papers and a call for evidence at its meeting on 4 April 2012.

March

Solicitors' views sought on CPD review

30 March 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is looking for the views from all solicitors in England and Wales on continuing professional development (CPD).

SRA sends out reminder on new Authorisation Rules

30 March 2012

On 31 March, the SRA Recognised Bodies Regulations 2011 are repealed, at which point recognised bodies will be transitioned to be regulated under the SRA Authorisation Rules.

Consultation aims to make in-house position clearer

30 March 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is consulting on amendments to its Practice Framework Rules (PFR) to help clarify the position of in-house solicitors when providing services to third parties.

SRA announces its first ABS

28 March 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) today announced that it has licensed its first three alternative business structures (ABS).

MPs call for simpler regulation of legal services

28 March 2012

MPs would back moves to simplify the way legal services are regulated, according to new research from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Agreement reached on QASA

26 March 2012

Discussion paper developed from Literature Review

26 March 2012

A major step will be taken in the delivery of the research-based segment of the Legal Education & Training Review (LETR) now that the a key discussion paper and headline findings from the draft Literature Review have been revealed.

Minimum trainee salary – apprenticeships

22 March 2012

Since publication of its consultation document on its role in setting the minimum salary for trainees, the SRA has been continuing with its due diligence activities. This has included a detailed examination of the legal framework which would apply if the current minimum salary require...

SRA commissions Nottingham Law School for CPD Review

20 March 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has commissioned Nottingham Law School (NLS) part of Nottingham Trent University, to undertake research supporting the Review of Solicitors Continuous Professional Development.

SRA to hold further mySRA review workshops

16 March 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is holding further workshops for those wanting to play a part in gathering evidence on what lessons can be learned from the first year of online renewals through mySRA.

SRA releases advice on recruiting COLPs and COFAs

14 March 2012

Outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) has been a reality for five months. And one of the key requirements for authorised firms is to nominate their Compliance Officers for Legal Practice (COLPs) and Compliance Offices for Finance and Administration (COFAs).

Online survey launched for salary consultation

9 March 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched an online survey for those who want to feedback on the consultation on whether or not the SRA should continue to set the annual minimum rate of pay for trainee solicitors.

SRA looks for attendees to help learn mySRA lessons

9 March 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is looking for volunteers to help play a part in gathering evidence on what lessons can be learned from the first year of online renewals through mySRA.

SRA to learn lessons from mySRA renewals

7 March 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to begin gathering evidence on what lessons can be learned from the first year of online renewals through mySRA.

SRA Board agrees to maintain fees structure

7 March 2012

There will be no changes to next year's fees structure for solicitors, the Solicitors Regulation Authority Board has decided.

February

SRA takes temperature of the profession

29 February 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published a report examining the attitude of the legal profession towards compliance with the SRA's regulatory requirements.

New Business and Oversight Board membership announced

24 February 2012

The Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority today have announced the membership of its new Business and Oversight Board, which will oversee the delivery of shared services to both bodies and advise Law Society Council on oversight of the SRA.

SRA marks its arrival as ABS licensing authority

23 February 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has been working for more than two years to realise its vision to become a licensor of alternative business structures (ABS).

Focus groups gather feedback on salary consultation

22 February 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is holding a series of focus groups as part of its consultation on whether or not it should continue to set the annual minimum rate of pay for trainee solicitors.

Stamp Duty evasion warning to profession

16 February 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has urged the legal profession to think twice before becoming involved in Stamp Duty Land Tax schemes (SDLT Schemes).

SRA gives profession more time to complete online renewals

10 February 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has confirmed it is to leave the online practising certificate renewals process open until at least the end of February to allow the profession further time to complete the process.

Last week of International Strategy consultation

8 February 2012

Those interested in contributing to the shape of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's International Strategy have until Wednesday 15 February to have their say.

ABS applications near 100-mark in first month

8 February 2012

Since the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) opened its doors to applications on 3 January, it has received nearly 100 requests from firms looking to be licensed as Alternative Business Structures (ABS).

SRA to work with BMG Research on Work-Based Learning

1 February 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has appointed Birmingham-based company, BMG Research to carry out a final phase of evaluation on its Work-Based Learning Pilot (WBL).

January

Clarity needed before referral fees ban implemented, says SRA

31 January 2012

Regulators and other interested parties must work together to ensure the Government's proposed ban on referral fees in personal injury cases will operate consistently and effectively in the public interest, says Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Chief Executive Antony Townsend.

Online renewal process picks up the pace

27 January 2012

The drive for online practising certificate renewals carried out by firms and individuals is gathering pace as more members of the legal profession get to grips with their mySRA account, now the system is fully operational.

SRA invites bids for CPD research tenders

27 January 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is inviting bids for a research contract as part of its work on the Review of Solicitors' Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Solicitors reminded of responsibilities in PPI cases

16 January 2012

Solicitors have been reminded of their responsibilities by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) when canvassing for clients that want help with claiming for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI).

An update on mySRA and practising certificate renewals

16 January 2012

An update on mySRA and Practising Certificate renewals The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is providing further help for those solicitors who missed last week's target date for activating their mySRA account.

SRA to consult on trainees’ minimum salary

12 January 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to consult on whether it should continue to set the annual minimum rate of pay for trainee solicitors.

Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority move to The Cube

4 January 2012

The Cube building in Birmingham city centre is to become the new headquarters of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and base for Midlands staff who provide shared support services for the Law Society and the SRA.

ABS team ready and waiting

3 January 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) today (Tuesday, 3 January 2012) begins accepting applications from organisations wanting to be licensed as alternative business structures (ABS).