Handbook reforms

What we are trying to do

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

Who needs to know

Everyone working in a firm we authorise and/or regulate

What's going on

Our Handbook sets out the standards we expect solicitors and firms to meet and the rules they should follow.

However, solicitors and firms do not need pages and pages of detailed, prescriptive rules to do the right thing. Our 400+ page rule book needs to be simpler, shorter and sharper.

We have already confirmed our first phase of reforms in Looking to the future phase one, including new Codes of Conduct and Account Rules.

We have consulted on further changes to remove unnecessary bureaucracy. Our phase two consultation proposals include:

Get involved

Join our reference group

Our consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part.

We value your views and will be feeding back on the consultation later this year.

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