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Education review on track for December 2012 completion

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is still more than confident that the Legal Services Education and Training Review (LETR) will have its final report delivered before the end of next year.

The LETR is a joint project involving the SRA, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards (IPS). The review began in May and aims to ensure England and Wales has a legal education and training system fit for the regulatory objectives of the Legal Services Act 2007.

The SRA's Education and Training Committee will next week receive an update on LETR when it meets on Wednesday 9 November at the authority's Martin Lane offices in London. And committee members will be told that targets in the research plan are being met and research is on track.

The committee will also be told of plans for an International Symposium—a conference dedicated to some of the key themes emerging from the research—taking place in July next year. It will be held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester and is expected to bring even more views to the table.

Tracey Varnava, SRA Education Research Manager, said: "There has been a lot of progress since we last updated the committee, and we remain on track for the independent research team to deliver its final report in December 2012. All is going according to plan, as is highlighted in the update we'll be presenting.

"The first major output from the literature review—the paper on Equality & Diversity—will also be put before the next meeting of the Consultation Steering Panel, which meets on November 10. We've also had a lot of feedback on what we've done so far, for example our website received more than 300 hits over an 19-day period in September and October.

"Finally, the symposium in July will give us an opportunity to debate key themes emerging from the review research and bring together a range of experiences and perspectives on the regulation of education and training from other disciplines and jurisdictions. There's lots going on with the review, we're very much on track to meet our ambitious deadline."

The review is being led by Professor Julian Webb from the University of Warwick and also involves Professor Paul Maharg, University of Northumbria, Dr Jane Ching, Nottingham Trent University and Professor Avrom Sherr, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. It is based on a fundamental, evidence-based review of regulated and non-regulated legal services in England and Wales.

Further information on the review is available on the website,

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