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SRA responds to Lord Hunt's legal regulation review

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today published its response to the Call for Evidence of Lord Hunt's Legal Regulation Review.

In its response, the SRA highlights the critical importance of a strong and independent regulator in creating a regulatory regime in which consumers and the profession can have confidence.

The response also outlines the "major programme of regulatory reform" which is already underway, in line with the Legal Services Act and the Legal Services Board's aim to modernise the legal services market in the interests of consumers.

Chief Executive Antony Townsend said: "We welcome the Hunt Review as an important contribution to the wider debate on legal services regulation.

"Our role is to regulate in the public interest. In doing so, we listen carefully to the views of the public and the profession. Our independence is critical to public and professional confidence, and we have made this point strongly to Lord Hunt in our response.

"In addition our response highlights the wide range of work which is already underway at the SRA to make modern and effective regulation a reality. This includes a dynamic programme of consultations and roadshows with the profession; work to improve training and standards; a huge amount of groundwork already done on implementing new forms of regulation under the Legal Services Act; and a programme of reforms to improve regulation.

"A lot has been done already, but there are still challenges to be tackled in order to ensure the SRA is able to deliver modern and risk-focused regulation at a time when the demands upon, and obligations of, the SRA are increasing."

Read the SRA's submission to the Hunt Review

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