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Key roles for major review

The SRA, BSB, and Ilex Professional Standards have announced key appointments to take forward their Education and Training Review.

The legal education and training review (LETR, formerly known as "Review 2020"), is a joint project involving the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards (IPS).

The UK Centre for Legal Education (UKCLE) has been contracted to conduct the independent research while Dame Janet Gaymer and Sir Mark Potter have been appointed to chair the consultation panel.

The review will take account of the future demands on legal services and the changes that will shape the legal services market of the future.

Dame Janet Gaymer and Sir Mark PotterDame Janet (pictured, left) and Sir Mark (pictured, right) will be joined by representatives nominated by key stakeholder groups to form the consultation panel.

Charles Plant, chair of the SRA explained:

"It was most important that we attracted the right people to lead the consultation with stakeholders. Dame Janet and Sir Mark have a vast experience both through the practice of law and in issues related to legal education and training."

Plant also praised the UKCLE research team, which he said had the sort of expertise and experience needed for such an important and far-reaching project.

The consultation panel will provide the opportunity for key stakeholders to meet formally up to four times a year throughout the life of the review and provide advice and direction to the project.

Baroness Ruth Deech, chair of the Bar Standards Board, said:

"We are confident that Dame Janet and Sir Mark will work tirelessly to ensure that the review has a solid overarching framework and will be based on sound research."

Chief Executive at IPS, Ian Watson, added:

"Their blend of skills and knowledge assures that the conclusions and recommendations which emerge from the review are relevant and practical for the whole of the legal services sector as it develops over the next few years."

The Review 2020 research team includes

  • Julian Webb, professor of Legal Education at the University of Warwick and director of the UK Centre for Legal Education;
  • Avrom Sherr, Woolf professor of Legal Education and director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London;
  • Paul Maharg, professor of Legal Education at Northumbria Law School; and
  • Dr Jane Ching, reader at Nottingham Law School.

The team will draw on the expertise of consultants:

  • Dr Chris Decker of the Regulatory Policy Institute, Oxford;
  • Professor Rob Wilson of Warwick Institute for Employment Research; and
  • Professor Richard Susskind, who is internationally known for his work on the legal services market.

Note to editors

Further information about Dame Janet, Sir Mark or any of the UKCLE team can be supplied if needed.

Interview requests should be made to SRA Media Relations Officer on 01926 487154.

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