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SRA Consultations

17 October 2017

Looking to the future: phase two of our Handbook reforms

This consultation relates to further changes to the Handbook and the SRA’s proposals relating to its enforcement strategy, as well as the transitional arrangements relating to the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).  


The consultation also includes the rules to implement the SRA’s decisions in relation to phase one of the Handbook reforms, enabling solicitors to provide non-reserved legal services outside regulated firms.  The phase one proposals also focused on a revised set of principles and codes, including separate requirements for firms and for individuals.  

The rules relating to PII and the Compensation Fund are not included in this consultation, but will follow in the wider review of financial protection arrangements.  

Looking to the future: better information, more choice. 

This consultation includes proposals to make information more accessible for consumers, and indirectly, for data republishers (e.g. price comparison websites), including: 

  • building a digital register for ease of access to regulatory data on firms and individuals;
  • publishing information about complaints and the areas in which firms practise separately;
  • introducing requirements for firms to publish price information and description of services, although only for certain work types (e.g. conveyancing, wills, personal injury);
  • introducing requirements to show regulatory status through a digital badge and ‘SRA regulated’ and ‘SRA Compensation Fund’ logos to differentiate themselves in the market;
  • requiring solicitors working outside LSA regulated firms, who are therefore unable to use such logos, to provide details about the protection available for their clients.

 

Ian Braithwaite
Client Relationship Manager

T: 0113 385 4483
M: 07432 695 289
E: ian.braithwaite@lbslegal.co.uk

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