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Closed consultations

Proposed changes to the registered European lawyer regime

This consultation sets out a new approach which the SRA proposes to take to the authorisation of law firms from European Establishment Directive States. This approach is designed to apply the SRA's entity based regulatory regime to European law firms in a proportionate way, depending on their form of practice in England and Wales. The new approach is also intended to clarify to the users of REL firm services what protections and rights of redress exist.
  • Start—17 February 2014
  • End—14 April 2014
  • Status—OPEN

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Training for Tomorrow: A new approach to continuing competence

The publication of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) report in July 2013 signalled the start of a significant programme of reform of the SRA's approach to education and training. In Training for Tomorrow, our response to the LETR report, we announced our intention to replace the mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for solicitors with a new approach to continuing competence.This consultation paper sets out our currently preferred approach to continuing competence and other possible approaches.
  • Start—5 February 2014
  • End—2 April 2014
  • Status—CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

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Introduction of a minimum financial strength rating requirement for Participating Insurers

We seek your views on our proposal to introduce a minimum financial strength rating requirement in the 'B's as part of the criteria for an insurer to become a Participating Insurer for the purposes of our compulsory client financial protection arrangements. This proposal is our response to problems that have been created for consumers and firms as a consequence of unrated insurers getting into financial difficulties.
  • Start—28 January 2014
  • End—24 March 2014
  • Status—CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

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Training for Tomorrow: Regulation review

This consultation sets out proposals for removing unnecessary prescription about how the stages of qualification as a solicitor should be completed and related requirements that do not serve a clear regulatory purpose.

  • Start—3 December 2013
  • End—25 February 2014
  • Status—CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

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Proposal to increase the SRA's internal fining powers

Effective, consistent and proportionate use of enforcement powers, including imposing fines, plays a vital role in ensuring a credible deterrence against unacceptable behaviours and furthers the regulatory objectives and professional principles in the Legal Services Act 2007. In this consultation, we invite views on a proposal to increase the current level of our fining powers for 'traditional' law firms from their current level of £2,000.

  • Start—20 November 2013
  • End—7 February 2014
  • Status—CLOSED, An analysis of responses is in progress.

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