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SRA welcomes LSB’s approval of QASA

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has welcomed the announcement by the Legal Services Board (LSB) that the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) (Crime) can proceed with its planned launch this autumn.

Antony Townsend, Chief Executive of the SRA said: "As a public interest regulator, the SRA is committed to ensuring the quality and integrity of legal services.

"QASA, by establishing a set of common standards for the competence of criminal advocates, will mean that the public can have confidence in the standard of advocacy they receive."

The Scheme will be launched in a phased approach as follows:

Phase One: 30 September 2013 — 7 March 2014: Midlands and Western Circuits

Phase Two: 10 March 2014 — 13 June 2014: South Eastern Circuit

Phase Three: 30 June 2014 — 3 October 2014: North East, Northern, and Wales and Chester Circuits

Final adjustments to the QASA Handbook, which sets out everything advocates need to know about QASA, will be available to download from the QASA website shortly.

In order to support solicitors with the registration process, the SRA will be holding a free lunchtime webinar to explain the registration process on 1 October 2013. There will be an opportunity to pose questions afterwards. The event is CPD accredited. To book, visit www.sra.org.uk/webinars.

Further guidance and information on QASA for solicitors will also be available prior to the launch of the Scheme.