Viewing an SRA webinar recording can count toward your annual CPD requirement on an "actual time" basis under the heading of "other activities" (up to 75 per cent of your annual CPD requirement may comprise "other activities").
Training for Tomorrow: Proposals for the reform of the training regulations – 30 January 2014
Our Regulation review consultation proposes more streamlined, flexible Training Regulations that target risk but continue to ensure high standards. This is part of our Training for Tomorrow programme.
The webinar mirrors the contents of four roadshows in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester.
Training for tomorrow roadshow – 5 December 2013
Training for Tomorrow is the SRA's policy document published in mid-October 2013 in response to the Legal Education and Training Review report. It outlines proposals for reforming the current legal and education training system.
This webinar recaps the roadshows we held around England and Wales in November, introducing Training for Tomorrow and inviting input from a range of stakeholders.
QASA: Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) – 1 October 2013
QASA, the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime), was formally approved by the Legal Services Board on 29 July 2013. This recording of a webinar held on 1 October 2013 offers solicitor advocates intending to enter the scheme an opportunity to learn more about the system used to manage QASA accreditation, including registration screen grabs and requirements.
Getting your firm authorised: Understanding what has changed – 22 October 2013
The SRA has made significant improvements in streamlining the process for alternative business structures, firms, entities and sole practitioners seeking authorisation. If you are thinking about applying for authorisation, watch this webinar to learn how the SRA considers the application and what you need to take into account when completing an application and view screen grabs of the new form.
Line of sight: Future risk developments – the SRA's view of the main risks to its regulatory objectives and the public interest – 9 July 2013
The SRA has undertaken a review of the current legal services market to understand better the drivers of risks to the regulatory objectives. The Risk Outlook sets out the SRA's assessment of the key risks. It should help law firms to manage risk, demonstrating the priorities to which the SRA will allocate resources and explaining the controls we use to manage these risks. This webinar, originally held on 9 July 2013, should interest anyone with compliance responsibilities and individuals seeking a better understanding of risks in the legal services market and how they impact the way the SRA meets its regulatory objectives.
Getting your firm authorised by the SRA: A step-by-step guide – 18 June 2013
If you're a prospective recognised body, ABS or sole practitioner looking to get authorised by the SRA, this webinar, held on 18 June 2013, offers you valuable information. The presentation covers the SRA's new firm-based authorisation team's approach, aimed at streamlining our response to applications, advice to new firms on the application process, and what the SRA looks for in role holders to ensure that clients and the general public have confidence those engaged in delivering legal services are meeting high standards.
QASA: Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) – 26 June 2013
The Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) was formally approved by the SRA Board on 24 April 2013. This webinar, held on 26 June 2013, offers solicitor advocates intending to enter the scheme an opportunity to learn more about the approved scheme. In particular, we discuss changes made to the scheme as a result of the fourth consultation and how we have addressed concerns raised by solicitors regarding the implementation of QASA.
QASA: Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Criminal) – information about the scheme, the notification process, and what it means for you – 26 June 2013
We explain the background to the scheme, and who will be affected by it—as well as taking you through the initial online notification stage. We also discuss the principles behind setting the advocacy standard levels, and the registration and assessment process, which are to follow.
How the SRA uses the Risk Framework to deliver risk-based outcomes-focused regulation – 15 May 2013
In this webinar, presented on 15 May 2013, we introduce the SRA's Regulatory Risk Framework, the mechanism through which we deliver risk-based outcomes-focused regulation. In particular, we examine the Risk Index, our catalogue of risks to the achievement of regulatory outcomes in the Legal Services Act 2007, and discuss the risk management process for identifying, assessing and managing these risks within the SRA.
PC renewals Q&A – 23 November 2012
In this webinar, presented on 21 November 2012, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions raised with us in connection with the 2012 practising certificate renewals exercise.
The session provides guidance on
- access and set-up,
- maintaining profiles, and
- completing the application forms.
It is primarily aimed at organisation contacts and authorised signatories completing bulk renewals on behalf of organisations.
SRA practising certificate renewals exercise 2012/2013 – 24 October 2012
The webinar offers a preview of the mySRA system, which you will use to submit your renewal application, and enhancements made based on feedback from the regulated community.
The purpose of the session is to
- confirm the 2012/13 practising renewals timetable,
- confirm the material that the SRA provides to help you to prepare your firm and solicitors for this year's renewal exercise,
- demonstrate the enhanced mySRA system that you use to submit your renewal application, and
- enable you to discuss any queries you may have with subject matter experts.
Please note that individuals with a status of Trainee will not be visible in your organisation’s mySRA profile. Read more
Diversity data collection: Gathering an evidence base about diversity across the legal workforce – 6 July 2012
We look at Legal Services Board (LSB) requirements for regulators, law firms and chambers and consider the responsibilities and role that firms play in gathering a more comprehensive evidence base about the diversity characteristics of the legal workforce. Individuals (lawyer and non-lawyer) who meet LSB-defined categories will have the opportunity to self-classify against a broad range of characteristics (including age, gender, disability, ethnic group, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and caring responsibilities). Firms are required to offer the opportunity to provide these data (on a voluntary basis), which will be passed to the SRA: we look at how.
COLPs and COFAs: Compliance responsibilities in a proactive, efficient regulatory regime – 20 June 2012
We set out our plans for compliance officers for legal practice (COLPs) and compliance officers for finance and administration (COFAs). We examine the need for a balance between proactive regulation and risk-based regulation, along with the role COLPs and COFAs will play in firms' relationship with the SRA. We also discuss the web-based nominations process, approval criteria, timescales and deadlines. This webinar is intended for firms going through the process of deciding upon appropriate COLPs and COFAs, and for prospective nominees.
Relationship management: How it will work in practice – 6 September 2011
This webinar looks at the outcomes of our relationship management pilots and outlines plans to progress this new approach to supervision after the formal introduction of outcomes-focused regulation in October 2011.
Supervision and enforcement: Ensuring ﬁt-for-purpose legal services – 9 September 2011
The SRA's supervision function will provide risk-based oversight of the entire regulated community in order to ensure—in the public interest—that all firms and individuals remain fit to deliver legal services. In this webinar, we set out how our supervision function will operate.
Our system for prioritising risk and what this means for your firm – 14 September 2011
In this webinar, recorded on 14 September 2011, we explain the SRA's assessment of risk in all its aspects—from systemic risks that require an overarching policy response, through to individual and firm-level risks. We review the approach our Risk Centre is developing and the processes through which risk will be measured and prioritised throughout our regulatory functions. We also discuss the types of information we require from firms.
Control functions: Compliance officers for legal practice and financial administration – 7 July 2011
In this webinar, recorded on 7 July 2011, we examine the roles of COLP (compliance officer for legal practice) and COFA (compliance officer for financial administration), alongside internal audit, where appropriate. We also discuss consider firms' governance arrangements, the strength of the relationship with the SRA, and how this benefits both the regulated community as a whole and the public interest.
Roadshow recap – 7 July 2011
For those solicitors unable to attend our 2011 series of summer roadshows, this webinar is a chance to hear the presentations and listen to SRA executives answer questions from the floor.
Moving from paper to online – 10 June 2011
mySRA will transform the way you—as a solicitor or other legal services provider—interact with us. It replaces our paper-based system of application forms and fees, providing you with a unique username and password to access your own SRA online account. You'll soon be able to renew your practising certificate and fulfil your reporting requirements with us—all on our website. This webinar explores our online revolution.
Transition from code-based to outcomes-focused regulation – 23 June 2011
This webinar, aimed at sole practitioners and small firms, is a practical help-and-support session that explains changes to the way we regulate and how they will impact on our relationship with firms in the future when outcomes-focused regulation comes into force.
Introducing mySRA – 13 May 2011mySRA
will transform the way you—as a solicitor or other legal services provider—interact with us. It replaces our paper-based system of application forms and fees, providing you with a unique username and password to access your own SRA online account. You'll soon be able to renew your practising certificate and fulfil your reporting requirements with us—all on our website. This webinar explores our online revolution.
Modernising regulation for Sole Practitioners – 3 February 2011
In this webinar, originally presented on 3 February 2011
, we explain how a proposed section 69 order to amend the Administration of Justice Act 1985 and the Solicitors Act 1974 will allow us to treat sole practitioner firms in a similar way to other solicitors' firms, by removing the practising certificate (PC) endorsement mechanism and by bringing sole practitioners within the definition of a "recognised body".
Relationship management for small firms – 21 February 2011
Learn more about the role of relationship management in the context of outcomes-focused regulation. In this webinar, delivered on 21 February 2011
, we explain how we're fashioning relationship management to help firms improve standards and enhance the reputation of providers of legal services.
The supervisory experience – 23 February 2011
The main relationship most firms have with the SRA will be with our supervision teams. The supervisory experience will be designed to help firms deal with their own risks, improve standards and provide the required outcomes for clients. In this webinar, originally presented on 23 February 2011
, we explain how a firm's control functions will affect the level of SRA supervision.
Financial protection review consultation – 28 January 2011
In this webinar, originally presented on 28 January 2011, we explain how our proposals for a new approach to financial protection for consumers are designed to transform the focus of professional indemnity insurance on the particular risks of each firm's practice, so that it becomes more fit for purpose.
Outcomes-focused regulation – 13 December 2010
The architecture of change: the second Handbook consultation
Designed with sole practitioners and smaller firms in mind, this webinar, originally presented on 13 December 2010, covers
- the latest thinking on the SRA Handbook—guidance—indicative behaviours—compliance officers for legal practice (COLPs) and compliance officers for finance and administration (COFAs)—conflicts of interests,
- the impact on the market of the separate business proposals,
- changes to the definition of separate businesses.
Relationship management – 26 November 2010
Relationship management is a supervision model we are developing to support our implementation of outcomes focused-regulation in October 2011.
Relationship management entails using dedicated resources to supervise selected firms—in line with our assessment of the relevant risks.
Lessons learned from our pilot of relationship management, which is just beginning, will inform our decision whether to proceed with this form of supervision late next year.
In this webinar, originally presented on 26 November 2010 to sole practitioners and firms of 2–4 partners, we explain relationship management and address questions from participants.
Authorising firms and individuals to practise – 28 June 2010
This webinar examines the authorisation process and the information we will need to assess the risks that firms (including alternative business structures) and individuals present, so that we can minimise the extent to which unsuitable applicants can enter the profession.