Looking to the future, next steps

Our Looking to the future programme is a major reform project that will see us change the way we regulate.

We want to create a regime that frees up law firms so they can deliver legal services in the way that is best for them and their clients. This includes creating a simpler Handbook with a sharp focus on what matters - high professional standards and appropriate public protections. Our plans would see a 130-page Handbook, stripping out more than 300 pages of unnecessary bureaucracy and overly prescriptive rules.

We are also looking at ways to make more information about law firms available to the public. This would include information about service, price and the extra protections people get when using a regulated firm.

Research shows that few individuals and small businesses currently use a solicitor for help with a legal problem. Our aim is to help people find the legal help they need, when they need it and at a price they can afford.

A consultation exercise on our latest proposals for Looking to the future closed last month. We had some 150 formal responses and more than 25,000 engagements through social media, including online polls.

We will analyse the consultation responses and feed these into the decision-making process. We will of course let you know of our decisions, which we anticipate making in the summer. No changes will be made before the end of this year.

We would still like your help moving forward. Get involved in our virtual reference group for Handbook reform.

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