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SRA Chair to lead Board for further year

SRA Board Chair Charles Plant has been re-appointed for a further year, the SRA has announced.

His term of office will now expire on 31 December 2014, when he will have led the Board for five years. During this time he has overseen far-reaching changes within the authority, including the introduction of outcomes-focused regulation (OFR), licensing of alternative business structures and a move to a single site for Midlands staff in Birmingham.

Charles Plant said: “I welcome this opportunity to complete the work set out in our Strategic Plan 2013/2015 in what is proving to be a defining period in the evolution of the legal services market in England and Wales.

“My other priorities include bringing forward as soon as possible firm proposals to implement much-needed change in some areas of the legal education and training regime, following consideration of and consultation upon the recent LETR research report.

“The SRA welcomes the Ministry of Justice's call for evidence on the legal services regulatory framework. The complexities of the current arrangements, with multiple front line regulators and an oversight regulator, are costly, confusing and distracting.

"In my remaining time as Chair and beyond, we will press the case for simplification of the regulatory framework and the removal of unnecessary burdens, which will bring benefit to consumers, the profession, and law firms.”

 
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