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A reminder that the deadline for applications to renew practising certificates is 31 October. The deadline also applies to registrations as a REL or RFL, payment of the relevant fee, as well as the firm fee payable by recognised bodies and licensed bodies.
The SRA has made a number of improvements to the online form on MySRA, which should hopefully make the renewal process quicker and easier. These include removing certain sections (or the requirement to complete certain sections) of the form, although the following new declaration has been added to reflect changes arising from the replacement of the CPD scheme by the continuing competence scheme:
"Have you / Has the individual reflected on their practice and addressed any identified learning and development needs or completed 16 hours of CPD training in the year to 31 October 2015?".
Failure to apply by the deadline would prevent the individual carrying out or supervising reserved work, which are activities defined in Schedule 2 to the Legal Services Act 2007, in accordance with Rule 8 of the Practice Framework Rules.
Whether individuals require a practising certificate, will depend on:
Further guidance is available on the SRA website in Solicitors/Resources/FAQs in 'Do I need a practising certificate?', including additional guidance when working in a non-solicitor organisation or during a temporary break or retirement.
Client Relationship Manager
T: 0845 056 3949
M: 0743 727 4046
The Law Society has issued a practice note about the risks to solicitors posed by this new legislation, which came into force on 30 September.
The SRA has urged all practices to check HM Treasury’s consolidated list of asset freeze targets, which lists designated persons subject to financial sanction under EU or UK legislation.
The practising certificate renewal period opened on Monday 2 October.
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