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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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Closed consultations

Higher rights of audience

Participate in a consultation on proposed changes to the qualification requirements to enable solicitors to exercise their rights of audience before the higher courts of England and Wales.

  • Start—2 May 2008
  • End—25 July 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, analysis of responses available

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Compensation fund

We are seeking views on proposed changes to the Compensation Fund Rules, including an increase in the maximum grant from £1 million to £2 million. We aim to get the new rules in place, including any process of concurrence and/or approval, by 1 March 2009.

  • Start—25 April 2008
  • End—6 June 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, board report available, new rules in force

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Draft SRA Practising Regulations [2009]

We invite you to comment on the Draft SRA Practising Regulations, which we hope to introduce in 2009. The draft regulations deal with practising certificates for solicitors and registration of European and foreign lawyers, authorisation of solicitors and European lawyers who are sole practitioners, and other processes.

  • Start—11 April 2008
  • End—9 June 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, reports and recommendations available

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Changes in regulatory processes for firms and individuals

How will the current practising certificate exercise and the recognised body renewal process change to accommodate the new forms of practice and regulation enabled by the Legal Services Act?

  • Start—3 March 2008
  • End—30 April 2008
  • Status—CLOSED

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Client financial protection

How should we develop the SRA's client financial protection policy to accommodate legal disciplinary practices and other new regulatory arrangements under the Legal Services Act?

  • Start—27 February 2008
  • End—23 April 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, reports and recommendations available

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Requirements for lawyers qualifying as solicitors in England and Wales

We are seeking views on proposed changes to the system for qualified lawyers from outside England and Wales, and for barristers of the English Bar, who wish to become solicitors in England and Wales.

  • Start—25 February 2008
  • End—14 April 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, reports available, board decision announced

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Changes to the Recognised Bodies Regulations

We invite you to comment on proposed amendments to the Solicitors' Recognised Bodies Regulations 2007. The amendments relate to our development of a regulatory framework to facilitate firm-based regulation and to allow legal disciplinary practices and participation by non-lawyers, as permitted under the Legal Services Act 2007.

  • Start—25 February 2008
  • End—21 April 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, reports and recommendations available

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Information requirements from firms

We invite your comments on the types of information the SRA should require from regulated firms to enable us to fulfil our regulatory obligations most effectively.

  • Start—20 February 2008
  • End—30 April 2008
  • Status—CLOSED, report on responses available

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