Press release archive for 2011

November

Small firms and sole practitioners invited to a joint SRA and EIG event, 17 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the External Implementation Group (EIG) are inviting small firms and sole practitioners to a free event on Monday, 12 December at the Holiday Inn Regents Park, London chaired by Lord Herman Ouseley, to find out more about what outcomes-foc...

SRA calls for all legal services to be regulated , 11 November 2011

All legal services should be regulated, to provide better protection for consumers, argues the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), in its response to the Legal Services Board's consultation on the scope of reserved activities.

Final Professional Indemnity Insurance figures, 10 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has revealed the final details of the compulsory Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) arrangements of firms in England & Wales for 2011/12.

SRA publishes latest monitoring figures , 10 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published its equality monitoring data report for 2010 for key areas of its regulatory activity. The report includes complaints made about solicitors' conduct, the number of practising certificate conditions imposed - and at the more serio...

SRA consults on exercising global responsibilities, 8 November 2011

How does a single regulator fulfil its principal duty of consumer protection without constraining a competitive and highly sophisticated international sector? The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched a consultation amongst stakeholders to test proposals.

SRA to seek more information about solicitor advocates’ working practices for QASA, 8 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is taking the initiative to ask solicitors with higher rights of audience to complete a questionnaire on the way in which they exercise their higher rights, to feed in to the proposed Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

Education review on track for December 2012 completion , 4 November 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is still more than confident that the Legal Services Education and Training Review (LETR) will have its final report delivered before the end of next year.

October

SRA to consult on implementation of financial protection changes, 25 October 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is consulting on the implementation of the next stage of policy changes to ensure clients are protected financially.

Relationship management approach to be rolled out to larger firms, 24 October 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will use Relationship Management to deliver the risk-based supervision of large and global firms.

New QLTS scheme produces first successes, 19 October 2011

A scheme aimed at opening the solicitor qualification to international lawyers whilst ensuring that the requisite standards are met, has produced its first admissions to the roll. The SRA's Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS), which has been operational since September 2010, open...

Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) Revision, 14 October 2011

The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) has agreed a programme of further work so the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates in criminal cases (QASA) can be implemented in stages from April 2012.

Ethics Helpline for solicitors - standing ready, 7 October 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority's Professional Ethics helpline for solicitors is dedicated to helping the regulated community with compliance enquiries.

Minister Jonathan Djanogly commends SRA's approach to regulatory reform, 7 October 2011

At a stakeholder reception to mark the launch of Outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) and the new Handbook, on 6 October 2011, Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly expressed his genuine excitement "at the steps [you have all] taken to put in motion a framework for the legal services market...

SRA: The path to outcomes-focused regulation, 6 October 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and legal services enter a new era today (Thursday, 6 October) with the move to outcomes-focused regulation (OFR).

Changes to QASA proposals being considered, 6 October 2011

Cooperation agreements proposed for SRA whistle-blowers, 4 October 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) could soon be asking for views on potential agreed penalties for those who have breached the Code of Conduct but disclose their and others' misconduct.

September

Final Version of new SRA Handbook now online, 29 September 2011

The final version of the new SRA Handbook—which will underpin the introduction of outcomes-focused regulation on 6 October—is now online.

SRA calls for input into CPD Review, 28 September 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it wants a further phase of research to gather more evidence to support its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Review.

SRA Director extols virtues of ABS to conveyancers, 26 September 2011

The SRA's Executive Director for Supervision, Risk and Standards, Samantha Barrass, has been extolling the virtues of alternative business structures (ABS) to the Conveyancing Association.

Complaints question details available on-line, 21 September 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is reminding those completing this year's Recognition Renewal Form that a new question has been added for 2011 on complaints received by solicitors.

Nearly 28,000 solicitors go online with mySRA, 19 September 2011

Nearly 28,000 solicitors have now logged on and activated their personal online accounts, in the first phase of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) project to bring its application processes online.

New website for Legal Education and Training Review, 12 September 2011

A new website—www.letr.org.uk—aimed at encouraging awareness and communications on the progress of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), has been launched today by the consortium undertaking the review.

SRA Chair responds to claims that authority is to blame for ABS delay, 7 September 2011

March

LPC and CPD providers invited to an information event on Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Assessment requirements, 24 March 2011

Prospective training providers are being invited to attend an information event on 5 May at Chancery Lane, being organised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to bring them up to speed on the new Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) Assessment tests.

Licensing authority application decision, 23 March 2011

Approval granted

Roadshow places snapped up in an hour, 22 March 2011

High demand for the latest Solicitors Regulation Authority roadshows has meant two extra sessions being added to the London dates.

SRA praised after solicitor jailed, 21 March 2011

Financial fraud experts based in Leamington have been praised after helping jail a crooked solicitor who was laundering money for his drug-dealing friend.

No change to fees structure , 18 March 2011

Following the success of last year's significant changes to fees policy, the SRA proposes to maintain virtually the same structure for 2011/12.

Solicitors told beware of the clones, 16 March 2011

Solicitors are being warned to keep a regular watch on their websites in order to foil 'cloning' criminals.

Approval for the Handbook and licensing authority application: Statement from the Chair, Charles Plant, 15 March 2011

"I am delighted to announce that the SRA Board has today given final approval to both the new Handbook and the application to become a licensing authority for alternative business structures (ABS), when they enter the legal services market on 6 October, 2011.

Solicitors Regulation Authority makes strides in embedding equality and diversity, 14 March 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has developed strong relationships with equality groups, wider access to the profession and employs an increasingly diverse workforce, according to a progress report just released.

SRA’s student online enrolment proves a success, 14 March 2011

More than 500 students took advantage of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new online enrolment service during its first week in operation.

Finding out what consumers really want, 10 March 2011

Easy-to-understand charges and a solicitor who remembers their names are what clients would like to see as standard when they visit a law firm, while "hidden extras" are certain to cause complaints, new research has revealed.

SRA streamlines student enrolment, 2 March 2011

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today launched an online service making it quicker and easier for law students to enrol with their regulating body.

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