Keeping of the roll launches 3 September
7 August 2012
The SRA has announced that the keeping of the roll process is expected to commence on 3 September.
This will be a paper exercise, not online as previously planned.
Antony Townsend, SRA Chief Executive, said: “We have made the decision to continue with a paper process for keeping of the roll this year as we are focusing our efforts on delivering an improved online system for PC renewals. At present, given the current infrastructure, we cannot be sufficiently confident that putting keeping of the roll online would not cause difficulties for those completing the process, and we are determined to avoid this.
“Carrying out further work to make the system stable for keeping of the roll could detract from the significant progress we are making with our suppliers on enhancements for PC renewals and we are not prepared to take this risk.”
The SRA will be writing to all individuals eligible to stay on the roll during the three week period commencing 3 September, enclosing an application form that can be used to:
confirm that an individual wants to keep their name on the roll of solicitors
request removal of an individual’s name from the roll of solicitors
inform the SRA of any changes to personal details
There will be a fee of £20, which for this year only, will cover both 2011 and 2012.
Completed forms and payment have to be made by 16 November otherwise individuals’ names will be removed from the roll of solicitors. No fee is payable under regulation 6 of the Keeping of the Roll Regulations (2011) by a solicitor whose name has been on the roll for 50 years or more. The last keeping of the roll exercise was carried out in March 2010. It has been delayed due to problems experienced with the online practising certificate renewals exercise. During this period, solicitors' names have been retained on the roll.