Handbook reforms

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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

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.

Now we are consulting on further changes to remove unnecessary bureaucracy. Our phase two consultation proposals include:

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Get involved

Join our reference group

We want you to get involved in our work—whether you are a solicitor, a firm we regulate or a member of the public. Join our virtual reference group and help us develop our thinking by telling us your views about our proposals.

We also want to hear your ideas on support that would help you understand how the new rules might work in practice.