SRA urges non-activated to activate!
18 September 2012
The SRA has urged those remaining individuals and firms who have not yet activated their mySRA accounts to do so ahead of the 2012 renewals exercise, which will commence on or soon after 1 November.
If the SRA does not hold current work emails for those it regulates, there is a danger that those individuals will not receive important communications about regulatory requirements. Some individuals have simply supplied an administrative mailbox address as their personal email, which is not sufficient, whilst others have not activated at all.
Mike Jeacock, Executive Director, said: “As the regulator, the SRA needs to have the ability to communicate electronically with those individuals it regulates and at the moment, this is proving difficult in a small number of cases. We do not wish to rely on those who are designated authorised signatories or organisational contacts to act as a mailbox.
“It is in everyone’s interests to activate their mySRA account, irrespective of whether they have opted into a bulk renewal, not least because this is the only way they can view or print out their practising certificate.”
Those who need to activate their accounts should go to mySRA and follow the instructions.
The on-line system will cut down on duplication of information and will enable details to be updated throughout the year, rather than in one go. Over time, solicitors will be able to use mySRA to submit a broad range of applications to the authority, get instant information about the progress of these applications, and updates on other regulatory processes.
Activating a mySRA account requires answering some security questions based on information the SRA already holds about a practice or individual and which will be known to the individual.