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SRA Board agrees to maintain fees structure

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

The SRA Board met on Wednesday, 29 February, and agreed to maintain the current structure for practising fees. This structure includes the proportion of Compensation Fund contributions.

The Board was asked whether or not the Authority should consult on changing three issues that had been raised with the SRA.

These were:

  • Keeping the 60/40 Firm/Individual split of Practising Fees
  • Keeping the 50/50 Firm/Individual split of Compensation Fund contributions
  • Maintaining the Maternity Leave discount on Practising Certificates

The Board decided not go out for consultation on any of these matters in the next financial year.

Mike Jeacock, Chief Operating Officer, said: "This is the second year running the Board has decided against changing the fees structure. This will allow firms to plan for next year's budget."

The setting of fees by the SRA is based on eight principles, which include being fair to payers, being stable, and taking account of ability to pay. They should also be based on data that can be verified, and as simple as possible so that the profession can easily calculate contributions.

Next year's fees will be due to be paid in November. A fundamental review of the fees structure is planned for next year and the findings brought back to the Board in due course. This year's fees can be worked out using the SRA's online calculator.

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The SRA's funding requirement for 2013 will need to be agreed by both the Law Society Council and the Legal Services Board.

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