Latest news releases

Treasury changes financial sanctions reporting regime

9 August 2017

Solicitors are among those businesses that could face Government action if they fail to report information that could undermine UK financial sanctions. Read more

Three-year strategy focuses on high standards and choice for public and solicitors

27 July 2017

We have set out our new three-year strategy, affirming its focus on high professional standards set in the public interest. Read more

Public and law firm money at risk as regulator reports cyber theft at peak levels

25 July 2017

There has been a record number of reports of cyber thefts from law firms reported in the first quarter of this year, with house moves the main target, according to our latest report. Read more

Solicitors Regulation Authority repeats ‘too good to be true’ investments warning with £50m of recent public losses

19 July 2017

We have again warned the public to be wary of the increasing problem of questionable investment schemes that use the involvement of solicitors or to encourage them to pay over money. Read more

Run-off cover change benefits firms and the public

13 July 2017

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) plans to change its indemnity insurance rules to make it easier for firms to switch their regulator, encouraging competition in the market while still offering protection for the public. Read more

Elite Insurance - statement

6 July 2017

We are aware that Elite Insurance has announced that it will not write any new business. As part of its business Elite provided professional indemnity insurance (PII) and after the event (ATE) insurance to clients of firms we regulate. Read more

Research looks at criminal advocacy

30 June 2017

The judiciary will be asked its opinions on the quality of criminal advocacy in research commissioned jointly by us and the Bar Standards Board (BSB). Read more

SRA responds to CMA report

29 June 2017

We have responded to the recommendations of the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) for legal services, setting out how we are progressing reforms to make the market more open and competitive. Read more

Opportunities for law firms to tackle unmet legal need

28 June 2017

The opportunities for law firms to reach out to potential clients are outlined in a new paper we have published. Read more

SRA looks at the public's experience of conveyancing

26 June 2017

We will be researching the experiences of people who have used conveyancing services offered by solicitors. Read more

SRA issues a further warning on investment schemes

23 June 2017

We have issued a further Warning Notice about solicitor involvement in fraudulent investment schemes. Read more

SRA highlights publication of Treasury money laundering regulations

23 June 2017

We are working on new guidance for law firms, which we aim to publish shortly, following the announcement of new money laundering regulations by the Treasury. Read more

SRA sets out progress in Annual Review

22 June 2017

The progress we have made in maintaining professional standards, protecting clients and delivering its objectives has been set out in our Annual Review. Read more

SRA tender to deliver the SQE

15 June 2017

We have today published the tender documents for the first phase of the sourcing process to appoint an assessment organisation to work with us to develop and deliver the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). Read more

SRA commits to new clearer Handbook promoting high standards and choice

13 June 2017

Today we have announced changes that will help drive high professional standards, remove unnecessary bureaucracy and free up solicitors to work in new markets. Read more

Compensation Fund grants more than £10m to public and business

31 May 2017

Financial statements we published today show that last year (November 2015 to October 2016), it granted around £10.3m from the Compensation Fund. Read more

SRA consults on SQE regulations

31 May 2017

We have published our consultation on the regulations which would see the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) come into effect. Read more

Solicitors regulator takes Pride in a modern legal profession

22 May 2017

For the third year running, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will be supporting the Birmingham and London Pride festivals. Read more

SRA announces new solicitors assessment to guarantee high standards

25 April 2017

We will be introducing an independent assessment, the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), to make sure all solicitors meet consistent, high standards at the point of entry to the profession. Read more

Cybersecurity issues central as experts agree firms should view them as a serious business risk

6 April 2017

We have brought together leading experts to discuss cybersecurity risks to coincide with our spring update to the Risk Outlook. Read more

Research looks at complaints handling

4 April 2017

We have commissioned independent research companies to begin carrying out research into how firms' handling of complaints can influence the quality of service clients receive. Read more

SRA marks International Transgender Day of Visibility with initiative on transgender-positive workplaces in the legal sector

31 March 2017

We are calling on law firms to help to create transgender-positive workplaces, and are sharing real-life stories to help them achieve this. Read more

A Question of Trust - full consultation findings published

30 March 2017

We have published the detailed findings of our consultation about what should happen if a solicitor falls short of expected standards. The publication of all the material and raw data means that others can now analyse the information and use for their own research. Read more

SRA proposals could create more opportunities

24 March 2017

Our proposals to introduce a centralised assessment for would-be solicitors could lead to improved diversity in the profession and increased social mobility, a new report says. Read more

Legal regulator sets out vision to help £380m Welsh legal sector thrive

9 March 2017

The Chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority has set out how she wants to help the Welsh legal sector grow, providing affordable, accessible services for the public and supporting the Welsh economy. Read more

Scammers targeting law firms

8 March 2017

Solicitor firms are being targeted by scammers who want to infiltrate IT systems. Read more

SRA publishes family law research

2 March 2017

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published independent research exploring the experiences of potentially vulnerable people using family law services. Read more

Professor Phil Shiner and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

2 February 2017

Professor Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for professional misconduct in the Al-Sweady Inquiry. It also ordered him to pay interim costs of £250,000. Read more