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SRA announces restructure

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced an organisational restructure, in preparation for the introduction of outcomes-focused regulation and the licensing of Alternative Business Structures from 6 October 2011.

The new structure is designed around three key regulatory activities: authorisation, supervision, and enforcement. The senior team for this structure is already in place, and the remainder of the structure will be filled in phases during the spring and summer. Staff were told of the proposals at briefings given by the senior management team on Monday (14 February).

There will be around 560 staff in post by the end of the year, compared with the current workforce of 640. (The staff figures provided are full-time equivalents.)

Chief Executive Antony Townsend commented: "This is the final stage of our programme to equip the SRA to be a modern, risk-based regulator, capable of meeting the needs of consumers of legal services in a radically changing legal sector. A combination of retrained staff, the targeted appointment of new staff members with new skills, and the replacement of our old and inefficient IT systems, will enable us to deliver effective and efficient regulation with a lower cost base than before, to the timetable to which we are committed.

"The new structure will not only improve internal clarity and accountabilities, but also make it easier for those who deal with us to understand responsibilities in the organisation.

"There will be some redundancies where we cannot redeploy existing staff, and I am grateful to all my colleagues for their professional approach during what is inevitably a difficult period."

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