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Closed consultations

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Closed consultations

Regulatory-risk information requirements – 2009

The SRA is developing processes to regulate firms as well as individuals, as a means of regulating legal services more effectively and efficiently, and according to risk. You are invited to participate in a consultation on the information we propose to seek from firms in 2009, as a first step.

  • Start—6 January 2009
  • End—31 March 2009
  • Status—CLOSED, report on responses available

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Conflict and confidentiality rules – proposed amendments

We invite comments on proposals to amend the rules dealing with conflicts of interest (rule 3) and the duties of confidentiality and disclosure (rule 4). The proposal in relation to rule 3 would extend the circumstances under which firms can act with clients' consent where there is a conflict of interests and, in relation to rule 4, extend the circumstances under which information barriers can be used. These proposals represent significant change and we would very much like views from all practitioners and other stakeholders.

  • Start—11 December 2008
  • End—31 March 2009
  • Status—CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

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New disciplinary powers – public rebukes and fines

You are invited to comment on the draft SRA (Disciplinary Procedure) Rules. We anticipate that new statutory powers to fine and rebuke will come into force on 1 March 2009, and we hope to be able to introduce the rules as soon as possible after that date.

  • Start—1 December 2008
  • End—13 February 2009
  • Status—CLOSED, analysis of responses in progress

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Draft SRA (Cost of Investigations) Regulations

We invite you to comment on the draft SRA (Costs of Investigations) Regulations, which we hope to introduce in March 2009.

  • Start—27 November 2008
  • End—24 December 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, SRA Board report available

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Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme

We are seeking views on proposals to introduce a new scheme that will allow qualified lawyers from within the UK, Europe and many other countries to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales without following the full domestic requirements. The new scheme, the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme, will replace the current Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations and the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test.

  • Start—11 November 2008
  • End—6 February 2009
  • Status—CLOSED, report on responses available

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Firm-based regulation: fee-raising policy for 2009

We are seeking views on proposals in relation to fees to be charged transitionally in 2009.

  • Start—10 November 2008
  • End—8 December 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, board paper available

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Legal Services Act: Further amendments to SRA rules

We welcome comments on further amendments to the SRA's rules and regulations to reflect a proposed re-write of section 9A of the Administration of Justice Act and to correct errors and omissions.

  • Start—9 October 2008
  • End—10 November 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, board paper available

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Equality and diversity strategy

We strongly encourage all SRA stakeholders, especially members of the public and consumers of legal services, to participate in a consultation on our recently published equality and diversity strategy.

  • Start—26 September 2008
  • End—23 December 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, revised strategy and summary report on responses available

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