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Small firms and sole practitioners invited to a joint SRA and EIG event

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the External Implementation Group (EIG) are inviting small firms and sole practitioners to a free event on Monday, 12 December at the Holiday Inn Regents Park, London chaired by Lord Herman Ouseley, to find out more about what outcomes-focused regulation will mean for them.

The SRA has been working together with the EIG, which comprises representatives of the key black and minority ethnic (BME) solicitor practitioner groups, to hold this event. The EIG provides feedback to the SRA on key policy developments and regulatory issues generally.

The three hour event - 'Outcomes-focused regulation: opportunities for a diverse profession' - runs from 15.00—18.00pm and is worth two* CPD hours. Delegates will hear about the SRA's new approach to supervision and risk and what they need to do to comply and thrive in the new legal climate, as well as learn about the opportunities offered by the new alternative business structures (ABS).

Mehrunnisa Lalani, the SRA's director of inclusion, said: "This event follows a series of roadshows held during the summer and autumn across the country. It gives solicitors a chance to find out what they need to know about the changes to our regulatory approach and pose questions to senior management. This event is the culmination of three years of work which has seen us consult with the profession and work closely with equality groups and the External Implementation Group.

"Delegates will also be able to meet with black and minority ethnic practitioner groups and representatives with whom we have been working to ensure regulation is fair and proportionate."

This event is also an opportunity to find out more about the work the SRA is doing on equality, diversity and inclusion.

A second event is being planned for Birmingham in the first quarter of 2012 - an exact date and venue are still to be confirmed.

*This news release originally stated that attendees would receive three CPD hours, this has now been revised.