Welcome to the second SRA Update. We aim to keep you up to date with our work and regulatory news that will be important to you and your practice.
Many of you responded positively to our first issue. Published in late June, it coincided with the introduction of the new Code of Conduct.
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Referrals fees – the SRA crackdown on improper arrangements continues.
Our inspection visits to firms around the country reveal a mixed picture. Read more about how to make sure your referral arrangements are ethical.
Legal Services Bill
The Legal Services Bill is expected to be enacted shortly.
This will bring about important changes for all lawyers. What will it mean for you? What is the likely timeframe? Find out here
Fit for practice?
Character and suitability
New guidelines are in force for those enrolling as students or applying to be admitted as solicitors.
Indemnity insurance rules
Changes on 1 October
There are relatively few changes in the Solicitors' Indemnity Insurance Rules 2007. However, some redundant rules have been removed or replaced, and some technical amendments have been made to post six-year run-off cover.
Practising certificate renewal
Don't forget to apply for your practising certificate before the 31 October deadline. For information, visit sra.org.uk/pc.
Meet the SRA – regional roadshow
It's your chance to meet and talk to your regulators when Chairman Peter Williamson and Chief Executive Antony Townsend come to Liverpool on Wednesday, 21 November. For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accreditation schemes – new logos
Introduction deadline extended
As some members have requested extra time to introduce our new, SRA-branded accreditation scheme logos, all scheme members now will have until 1 April 2008 to do so. Read more
Legal Complaints Service
Prevention and resolution of complaints
Our sister organisation, the Legal Complaints Service, is consulting on the future provision of advice services for solicitors.
Meet the Legal Complaints Service
The Legal Complaints Service is sponsoring one of the profession's largest training and exhibition events. Law London Autumn 2007 will be held at Olympia, 1-2 October.
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