Looking to the future

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What we are trying to do

We are reviewing and refining our approach to regulation and simplifying the Handbook.

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Who needs to know

Everyone working in a firm we authorise and/or regulate

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What's going on

The legal sector is changing at pace. That means our regulation must be up to date and fit for purpose. It needs to protect the public without hampering the growth and innovation that drives a competitive and effective legal sector. Especially as there is still unmet need for legal services at an affordable price.

We want solicitors to be able to provide flexible, accessible and affordable legal services to meet this need. We have made changes to help but there is more we need to do.

Looking to the future: Flexibility and public protection – a phased review of our regulatory approach will help people access competent and ethical legal services and enable businesses to deliver them in a way that works for them.

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Get involved

Take our 'shape the future of guidance' survey

We are committed to helping you understand and comply with any changes we make to our regulations.

We want to know the topics and areas in which you would most like guidance from the SRA.

Please complete this survey and tell us about your needs and references.

Responses are anonymous. Closing date: 30 January 2017.

Our recent consultation

Our Looking to the future consultation closed on 21 September. Our proposals include:

  • A shorter, clearer code for individual solicitors and another code for firms
  • Clear and flexible Practice Framework Rules
  • Proportionate and targeted Accounts Rules

As part of the consultation, we met with solicitors, law firms and the public at a events throughout the summer.

You can still get involved by joining our virtual reference group.

Your scenarios

When you look at the new draft codes of conduct, do you see grey areas? Where would case studies or other support be helpful? Tell us about the scenarios that you think need a case study. We will then use them to prepare case studies with answers or amend the drafting of the code if it is not clear enough.

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