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Busy agenda for SRA Board

 The Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has a packed public agenda for its next meeting, which takes place in Birmingham tomorrow, Wednesday (24 April).

Members of the Board are to convene at the SRA's headquarters at The Cube. And among the matters being debated and decided upon are the second phase of the Red Tape Initiative, the results of the consultation on international practice and the final proposals of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

The Red Tape Initiative involves Board members approving the next steps to be taken by the SRA in removing rules and processes deemed unnecessary as part of the move to outcomes-focused regulation. Ten such rules and processes have already been taken out of the Code of Conduct in the first phase of the initiative.

The second phase involves proposals raised during the first consultation, which include a number of processes to do with practising certificate renewals and Practising Certificate conditions. It will also include the removal of the requirement on recognised bodies and sole practitioners to report annually on non-material breaches, as revealed by Executive Director Samantha Barrass at last month's Law Society Risk and Compliance Conference.

The consultation on international practice asked for views on amending the Handbook to allow the SRA to make regulatory provisions that take into account overseas and international practice. This could lead to a new chapter of the Handbook that pulls together the conduct provisions which apply when practising overseas, and a new outcome in Chapter 7 of the Code which will apply to individuals and firms practising in England and Wales but who are involved in overseas practice. The Board will discuss the responses the SRA received.

Also on the agenda is the annual report on the SRA by the Independent Complaints Resolution Service, and two items on equality and diversity; workforce data in the profession and the thematic study report.

The full agenda for the Board meeting will be available in the coming days.


Note to editors

 If you wish to send a representative to the Board meeting on Wednesday 24 April at The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, contact Lesley Miller, External Communications Officer, on 0121 329 6703, email The public session of the meeting is due to start at 1pm.
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