Character and suitability test - LDP non-lawyer managers
Legal Services Act: New forms of practice and regulation
Consultation paper 1
The deadline for submission of responses to consultation paper 1 on the Legal Services Act was 31 March 2008.
Consultation outputs—including reports and recommendations—were submitted to the SRA Board for consideration in mid-June 2008:
The information that appears below is for reference purposes only.
The SRA is in the process of developing its regulatory framework to facilitate the new forms of practice permitted under the Legal Services Act—legal disciplinary practices (LDPs) and alternative business structures (ABSs). The work on LDPs is particularly time-critical, as they could become available in 2009. The purpose of this paper is to invite your comments on an important aspect of the project—the development of a "character and suitability" test for non-lawyers who wish to become managers in an SRA-regulated LDP.
In November 2007, we published a policy paper outlining our initial thoughts on the principles which should guide the SRA's development of the new regulatory framework—Legal Services Act: New forms of practice and regulation. The paper can be read in conjunction with this consultation to fill in some of the background detail. It also contains a glossary of terms which you may find useful when reading this and other consultations.