Closed consultations

Consultations that have closed are listed below. When they are available, summaries and analyses of responses and policy decision announcements are included. For details, please follow the links.

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Implementing the Insurance Distribution Directive

We are consulting on changes to our regulatory arrangements which are needed so that we comply with the Insurance Distribution Directive. The directive needs to be implemented by 23 February 2018 by which date our revised rules will also need to be in place.

  • Start — 24 October 2017
  • End — 20 November 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read: Implementing the Insurance Distribution Directive

Looking to the future: phase two of our Handbook reforms

Following our first Looking to the future consultation in summer 2016, we are now consulting on further changes to our Handbook and our proposed revised Enforcement Strategy. This consultation also includes the transitional arrangements for the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

  • Start — 27 September 2017
  • End — 20 December 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read: Looking to the future: phase two of our Handbook reforms

Looking to the future: better information, more choice

We are consulting on publishing more of the regulatory data we hold about solicitors and firms we regulate. We are also consulting on asking the solicitors and firms we regulate to publish more information on the legal services they provide.

  • Start — 27 September 2017
  • End — 20 December 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

Read: Looking to the future: better information, more choice

Corporate Strategy 2017–20

Our aim for 2017–20 is to continue that work in collaboration with the public, those we regulate, the justice system and other regulators. That will help us to better understand and meet the needs of everyone we serve. To do this, we are proposing five new strategic objectives for 2017–20.

  • Start — 27 July 2017
  • End — 21 September 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses published

Read: Corporate Strategy 2017–20

A new route to qualification: New regulations

We are now consulting on our proposed regulations to provide the regulatory framework for qualification as a solicitor via the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, and on our proposals for recognition of the knowledge and competences of qualified lawyers which will form part of the new regulatory framework. These will come into effect no earlier than September 2020.

  • Start — 31 May 2017
  • End — 26 July 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses published

Read: A new route to qualification: New regulations

Enabling innovation: Consultation on a new approach to waivers and developing the SRA Innovation Space

We are consulting on proposed changes to applications for waivers and the introduction of criteria and guidance to develop further our Innovation Space. This is an evolving initiative that aims to support firms of all types  to deliver products and services in new ways, creating a legal services market more responsive to customer needs. These changes will remove barriers that could be preventing solicitors and firms innovate, while making sure the public and business users of legal services remain protected.

  • Start — 14 December 2016
  • End — 8 March 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses published

Read: Enabling innovation: Consultation on a new approach to waivers and developing the SRA Innovation Space

A new route to qualification: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination

This second consultation sets out more detail about how we are proposing solicitors might qualify in the future – and specifically about the SQE. It makes clear how we have revised and developed our proposals in the light of feedback from the first consultation, and it explains how the SQE would fit with preparatory training, including work-based learning. It sets out how the SQE can assure high professional standards.

  • Start — 3 October 2016
  • End — 9 January 2017
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses published

Read: A new route to qualification: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination

Looking to the Future - flexibility and public protection

A phased review of the SRA Handbook and our regulatory approach - Principles, Code of Conduct and Practice Framework Rules.

  • Start — 1 June 2016
  • End — 21 September 2016
  • Status — CLOSED, analysis of responses published

Read: Looking to the Future - flexibility and public protection