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SRA receives positive feedback for proactive engagement

Delegates across the country have welcomed the SRA's recent outcomes-focused (OFR) workshops developed in partnership with the Sole Practitioner's Group and groups representing black and minority ethnic solicitors in the profession.

The workshops cover the SRA's new supervisory and enforcement approach as well as stressing the importance of firms engaging with the regulator.

The latest event took place in London this week for black and minority ethnic solicitors and feedback was overwhelmingly positive with 80% rating the workshop as excellent and many requesting more similar events.

Solicitors who have attended the sessions so far have been really encouraged by the SRA's new approach to supervision and engagement with the profession, commenting that 'Further clarification on how the SRA operates OFR was very useful especially the knowledge that systems would be proportionate to the size and type of firm' and the practical approach taken to the workshop - using case studies based on real situations - was particularly appreciated by the delegates.

All four events planned for this year in Birmingham, London, and Oxford have been offered at the request of sole practitioner and diversity groups and have proved very popular with the profession so far.

Mehrunnisa Lalani, The SRA's Director of Inclusion said: "Delegates welcomed the opportunity to meet SRA staff in person to discuss and ask questions about the regulatory approach in an interactive environment.

"We work with a wide range of groups to understand the issues that concern them, and these workshops are part of our programme of constructive engagement with the profession, in particular small firms. We have had some extremely positive comments and we plan to continue these events into next year".

The next event with the Sole Practitioner's Group will be held in central Birmingham on 14 November 2012 and with diversity groups on 5 December 2012, also in central Birmingham.