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SRA launches consultation on education and training regulations

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) launched yesterday (Tuesday, 3 December 2013) a twelve-week consultation on changes to its education and training regulations.

The consultation follows the publication of its policy statement in October, Training for Tomorrow, which is the SRA's response to the Legal Education and Training Review.

A key focus of this consultation is the removal of bureaucratic processes which serve no regulatory purpose and which fail to protect the public interest. This consultation does not propose changes to the current qualification pathways. The proposals are a part of the SRA's Red Tape Initiative.

The consultation comprises seven proposals, including the removal of complex exemption arrangements and of the duplication of regulatory requirements placed on higher education institutions by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the replacement of student enrolment with a targeted approach to dealing with character and suitability issues.

The consultation is available at The closing date for responses is 25 February 2014.

Final approval of the changes should go to the SRA Board next spring, with changes to the Handbook made in May or June. This will enable them to be implemented in time for the 2014 academic year.  

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