Press release archive for 2014
As part of our commitment to transparency and openness, we are making a suite of core data about law firms available for use by comparison websites. This will help to make sure that everyone has better access to information about regulated law firms, raising awareness of the range of services and firms in the market. Providing the information in a format that others can use will make it easier for people to consider and assist them in making choices about which services are most suitable for their purposes.SRA launches new ways to engage, 19 December 2014
We have launched new ways to engage with members of the public and the profession, making information about our work as accessible as possible. We are now using social media sites Facebook and Pinterest to carry messages about what we are doing. This adds to our well-established presence on Twitter, LinkedIn and Wikipedia.Festive season opening hours for calls, 17 December 2014
Both our Contact Centre and our Ethics Guidance teams will be answering calls between 29 December and 2 January. They are both closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day as these are Bank Holidays. On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the Contact Centre will be open from 8am until 4pm. Ethics Guidance will be open from 9am until 4pm. On 29 and 30 December, and 2 January, the Contact Centre will be open from 8am until 6pm, with Ethics Guidance open from 9am until 5pm.New research into innovation, 17 December 2014
We are launching a new research project into innovation in the legal services market, in partnership with the Legal Services Board. The research will explore the reasons for innovation in business practice, such as in service delivery or business models, rather than legal practice innovation. It will investigate the impact of competition on the development of new business approaches, how well innovative change serves the needs of people using the services and the barriers to greater innovation.SRA begins revocation of practising certificates, 12 December 2014
We have written today to those solicitors who have failed to complete the process for renewal of their practising certificates, or registration. Applications should have been completed by 31 October 2014 and we have sent several reminders to solicitors who have not submitted their renewals. We have also reminded firms which did not submit their bulk renewal applications by the end of October. Paul Philip, Chief Executive, said: "It would be unfair to the vast majority of solicitors who pay their fees to allow those that don't, after a number of reminders, to remain in practice."Review highlights SRA progress 2013/14, 11 December 2014
Our annual review for 2013/14, which is published today, sets out our progress against our strategic objectives for the past 12 months. The review highlights the launch of our Regulatory Reform programme, aimed at reducing the burden of regulation while retaining client protections, the establishment of our Training for Tomorrow programme to enhance the education and training of future solicitors, and improvements to our operational approach and effectiveness.SRA Chair wins lifetime achievement award, 02 December 2014
Solicitors Regulation Authority | The Chair of the SRA Board, Charles Plant, has been honoured by the City of London Law Society at the British Legal Awards. Charles was given the society's Award for Lifetime Achievement by its chairman, Alasdair Douglas, at the ceremony at Old Billingsgate on 27 November. It was awarded to recognise the contribution Charles has made to services for law and the City of London. The society said he had had a distinguished career in the City, and had given selfless service to the profession as Chair of the SRA Board. Charles joined Herbert Smith & Co as it was called in 1967 and was a litigation practitioner there for nearly 40 years. He has been Chair of the SRA Board for five years.
Firms bidding for Criminal Legal Aid contracts as new entities should contact us about authorisation as soon as possible. We are aware that a number of bidders might be either new entrants to the profession, or are bidding as a joint venture with another firm. As yet they have not applied to us for recognition. While the turnaround for applications is relatively short, some firms may have more complex needs than others. We can advise those firms on what will be expected from them during the application process.SRA launches support for small firms, 26 November 2014
We have set out plans to support small firms in a paper released at today's SRA national conference for compliance officers in Birmingham.