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SRA to hold further mySRA review workshops

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is holding further workshops for those wanting to play a part in gathering evidence on what lessons can be learned from the first year of online renewals through mySRA.

Renewals took place online for the first time this year, replacing the antiquated, paper-based system used in previous years. The process has not run as smoothly as the SRA had hoped, however, so a comprehensive review is being carried out to keep any frustrations the profession face next time to a minimum.

A series of workshops is being held across England and Wales that will ask for constructive and structured feedback from the profession on its experiences of mySRA over the past few months. And the SRA has added two additional workshops to the programme following requests from the profession.

Sessions have already been planned for

  • London (Wednesday, 21 March, 9:30 to 12.00),
  • Southampton (Thursday, 22 March, 14.00 to 16.30),
  • Cardiff (Tuesday, 27 March, 11.00 to 13.30), and
  • Birmingham (Wednesday, 28 March, 09.30 to 12.00).

The two additional workshops will be in

  • Leeds (Tuesday, 3 April, 11.00 to 13.30), and
  • Bristol (Friday, 30 March, 11.00 to 13.30).

Mike Jeacock, SRA Chief Operating Officer, said: "Changing the way we carried out renewals was wholly necessary, and mySRA will save everyone time and money in the long run. However, we have no illusions about how frustrating this year's process has been and we want to avoid a similar situation next time.

"We're conducting this review as promptly as possible so we can incorporate the lessons learned quickly. There's obviously great interest in this, which is why we've arranged for additional sessions in response to requests from solicitors across England and Wales."

Those interested in taking part are asked to email the survey team. The issues to be looked at will be decided by the results of an online survey.

Mike Jeacock added: "We won't be able to address every issue that's highlighted to us. We have to focus first on those problems that, if alleviated, will benefit the majority, so as we say, we'll be prioritising the issues and dealing with those first."

Go to the online survey

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