Litigation panel tender

Please note: The deadline for submission of bids was 18 March 2013. Appointments to the panel were announced on 5 June 2013. The information below is for reference purposes only.

25 February 2013

Thank you for your interest in our tender process. Here, we provide

  • an overview of what we are seeking,
  • a timetable,
  • a registration form (to register for email updates and access detailed tender documentation).

We hope that, once you have read the summary information, you will register to access the tender documentation and submit a proposal to join our panel.

Background

The SRA is the independent regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales.

Part of our vision is to be the leading legal services regulator, protecting the public, providing value for money, fair and transparent outcomes and service excellence in everything we do.

We recognise that the legal services landscape is changing with the introduction of alternative business structures, and we are driving a significant programme of internal and regulatory reform, to transform the SRA into a more outcomes-focused, risk-based regulator.

We wish to work with our panel partners to embed our outcomes-focused, risk-based approach into our processes in exercising our regulatory and disciplinary powers under the Solicitors Act 1974 and the Legal Services Act 2007. We also wish our panel of legal advisors to assist in empowering, supporting and developing our people conducting this work.

We are reviewing the size and makeup of our existing panel. We are looking to appoint a panel of legal advisors to work in partnership with each other and with the SRA to deliver civil litigation and other advice applicable to a regulatory context as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Requirements of panel members

Panel members will be required to

  • have experience of providing legal support to a professional regulator, and civil litigation experience that can be applied in a regulatory context;
  • have a working knowledge of the legal framework underpinning the SRA's regulatory functions and powers, inclusive of but not limited to the principles, outcomes, indicative behaviours, the compensation fund and other provisions in the SRA Handbook;
  • offer the capacity and capability to handle potentially complex and voluminous workload at short notice;
  • cover the full span of work as described within the ITT;
  • promote and support the highest professional standards;
  • demonstrate consistent commitment to promoting equality and diversity;
  • evidence a sound disciplinary history.

Comprehensive vetting will be carried out.

Full details are provided in the ITT. To access the ITT, please register.


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