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New website for Legal Education and Training Review

A new website——aimed at encouraging awareness and communications on the progress of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), has been launched today by the consortium undertaking the review.

Professor Julian Webb from the University of Warwick, who is leading the research, said: "The website is a key component of the review’s communications strategy. It has been designed to encourage and facilitate participation, as well as to provide information on progress. We believe it will provide an indispensable resource on the work of the review."

LETR was jointly commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards (IPS). It is the most substantial review of legal education and training since the publication of the "Ormrod Report" (Report of the Committee on Legal Education (Cmnd 4595) in 1971. It will be based on a fundamental, evidence-based review of regulated and non-regulated legal services in England and Wales.

The primary objective of the review is to ensure that England and Wales has a legal education and training system which is robust enough to promote the regulatory objectives contained in the Legal Services Act 2007 including in particular

  • the need to protect and promote the interests of consumers, and
  • to ensure an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession.

Members of the research consortium under Professor Webb's leadership include Professor Paul Maharg, University of Northumbria, Dr Jane Ching, Nottingham Trent University, and Professor Avrom Sherr, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

The consortium is inviting the profession to find out more about the review and give their comments using the new website ( or by emailing  

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