Press release archive for 2015

December

SRA Board appointments

18 December 2015

We have announced five new appointments to the Board.

Thousands have their say on solicitors' standards

14 December 2015

More than 4,000 people have already had their say in a national campaign looking at what should happen when solicitors fall short of expected standards.

Consumer credit regulation passes final hurdle

14 December 2015

Our new model for consumer credit regulation has passed its final hurdle.

SRA proposes a Solicitors Qualifying Examination for all new solicitors

7 December 2015

We are proposing a shake-up in the way solicitors qualify, with a consultation on a new standardised system for assessing trainees.

SRA backs call for independent legal regulators

2 December 2015

Our Board has welcomed the Government proposals to make legal service regulators independent from their representative bodies.

SRA's latest Business Plan continues good work

2 December 2015

We have today published our latest Business Plan, setting out how we will build upon the progress made in the last 12 months.

November

SRA helps small firms stay ahead of the game

30 November 2015

As part of our regular review of risks for the legal sector, we have today (30 November) issued advice to help small law firms stay one step ahead of the issues they face.

SRA looks to the future, setting out a new regulatory model

26 November 2015

We have outlined our vision for the future, pushing ahead with a fundamental shift away from prescriptive rules in favour of protecting the public by setting out the principles solicitors should follow.

Solicitors targeted by fake Land Registry emails

19 November 2015

Solicitor firms are among those being targeted by emails claiming to be sent from the Land Registry.

Maidstone gets a vote on legal questions of trust

19 November 2015

Maidstone will be having its say in a major campaign looking into what should happen when solicitors fall short of expected standards.

Law firms take SRA's A Question of Trust campaign into office

17 November 2015

Our interactive 'A Question of Trust' campaign has caught the attention of law firms, with a number asking the regulator for help to explore the issues with their staff.

Leeds gets a vote on legal questions of trust

16 November 2015

Leeds will be having its say in a major campaign looking into what should happen when solicitors fall short of expected standards.

Consumer credit regulation passes next hurdle

12 November 2015

Our proposed regime for consumer credit regulation has passed its latest hurdle.

Chester gets a vote on legal questions of trust

11 November 2015

Chester will be having its say in a major campaign looking into what should happen when solicitors fall short of expected standards.

SRA championing innovation in the legal sector

9 November 2015

We have today (9 November) unveiled a new initiative to support legal services firms that want to innovate and grow their business in creative ways.

SRA's regulatory approach will aid pro bono

2 November 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority's programme of regulatory reform will aid pro bono work in the legal sector, the head of the SRA has said.

SRA introduces more changes to help businesses thrive

2 November 2015

Changes that will make it easier for law firms to do business are included in the latest version of the SRA Handbook, which was published on 1 November.

October

Guidance available for new accountants' reports

30 October 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published guidance to explain changes to accountant’s reports which come into effect for accounting periods ending on or after 1 November.

SRA helps law firms provide more services to consumers

28 October 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is helping law firms that want to expand their business beyond traditional legal services by publishing new guidance on the Separate Business Rule.

SRA response to National Risk Assessment

19 October 2015

We welcome the National Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing published by the National Crime Agency.

Research reveals increasing pressure on city law firms from clients

19 October 2015

New research published today suggests that clients are increasingly trying to impose challenging terms of engagement on the city law firms.

Birmingham gets a vote on legal questions of trust

19 October 2015

Birmingham will be having its say in a major campaign looking into what should happen when solicitors fall short of expected standards.

Operational Note - Blavo & Co

14 October 2015

We have closed down Blavo & Co Solicitors Limited, the head office of which is based in John Street, London.

Sole practitioner authorisation agreed

5 October 2015

Changes to the way the Solicitors Regulation Authority authorises sole practitioners have been agreed to by the Legal Services Board.

SRA launches 2015 practising certificate renewals

2 October 2015

We have opened the application process for this year's practising certificate renewals. The window remains open until 31 October 2015.

September

Solicitors: national campaign launched on questions of trust

30 September 2015

We have launched a national ‘A question of trust’ campaign to give everyone a chance to have their say about action taken against those solicitors who fall short of the expected standards.

New process saves time for all

24 September 2015

We have made it easier and quicker for firms to apply for a change in status by cutting form filling by a third.

New process saves time for all

24 September 2015

We have made it easier and quicker for firms to apply for a change in status by cutting form filling by a third.

Proposals for consumer credit regulation adopted by SRA Board

9 September 2015

Solicitors should be able to carry out certain consumer credit activities under SRA authorisation as long as their activities are central to the legal services they provide, the SRA Board has agreed.

Raft of changes to cut red tape and open up the profession

9 September 2015

A raft of changes that will further cut red tape and provide new ways of becoming a solicitor has today (Wednesday 9 September) been approved by the SRA Board.

SRA Compensation Fund pays out over £23 million

9 September 2015

The SRA Compensation Fund paid out over £23.8 million in the year to 31 October 2014, latest figures reported to the SRA Board meeting today (Wednesday 9 September) reveal.

Apprenticeship standards will benefit the legal profession, says the SRA

3 September 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) says the Apprenticeship Standards in law, confirmed as ready for delivery today by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), will drive up quality and improve access to the legal profession.

August

Client protection discussion paper: still time to comment

28 August 2015

There is still time to comment on the Solicitors Regulation Authority's discussion paper dealing with client financial protection issues.

Practising fees to remain the same

14 August 2015

Practising fees will be unchanged for the coming practising year, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has agreed.

Practising certificate renewals start 1 October 2015

13 August 2015

Practising certificate renewal will run from 1 to 31 October this year, we have confirmed.

Criminal legal aid – further advice

4 August 2015

We have written to the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association today to clarify the professional standards we expect solicitors involved in action over criminal legal aid changes to uphold.

July

One week left to have your say on consumer credit

30 July 2015

There's just a week left to have a say in the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consultation on proposals for the regulation of solicitors and consumer credit work.

Criminal legal aid action: ensure your clients interests remain protected, says SRA

27 July 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is advising solicitors planning action over criminal legal aid changes that required standards must continue to be met and their clients must remain protected.

Make customer service a priority, especially for vulnerable people, says the SRA

22 July 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is calling on solicitors and firms to raise the bar in customer service in order to help and to protect vulnerable people.

"A question of trust" survey opens

21 July 2015

Ten thousand solicitors have this week been invited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to take part in a ground-breaking new survey on professional standards.

Reporting Accountants' requirements relaxed

15 July 2015

Changes to the format of accountants' reports for solicitors' practices - and the criteria for qualifying accounts and submitting them - should further improve their value and reduce the burden on firms, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

2015/16 Practising Fee charges set to remain the same

15 July 2015

Practising fees will be unchanged for the coming practising year, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has proposed.

SRA says: historic first plc is a way forward

15 July 2015

The creation of the first legal plc in England shows a new way forward in opening up the market through flexible regulatory practice, says the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

A question of trust - SRA asks what really matters and what should happen when things go wrong

15 July 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today launched a campaign asking for views on the professional standards expected of solicitors.

SRA debate on financial protections for when things go wrong

9 July 2015

A Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) discussion paper launched this week looks at striking the right balance in providing financial protections for the public, and the cost for firms and individual solicitors.

Legal professionals are becoming more innovative in running their businesses but more is needed, a new report indicates

7 July 2015

Findings from the largest ever study of innovation in the legal sector, commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Legal Services Board (LSB), suggest that legal professionals, including solicitors and barristers, are becoming more innovative in the organisation...

June

New consumer credit proposals

26 June 2015

New proposals for the regulation of solicitors doing consumer credit work have been drawn up by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

SRA asks for views on its services

24 June 2015

The public will be asked their views on the Solicitors Regulation Authority as part of a major perceptions survey starting this week.

The SRA supports Pride in London

22 June 2015

This weekend the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is supporting the London Pride festival.

Levelling the playing field

4 June 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has cut bureaucracy that restricts the way traditional law firms operate, by removing restrictions on solicitors having links with outside businesses.

Cybercrime issue is escalating, says SRA

1 June 2015

Cybercrime issues affecting solicitor firms are increasing the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has revealed.

May

Have an exit strategy, advises the SRA

27 May 2015

Law firms should ensure they have an exit strategy to close down their businesses in line with proper procedures, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has advised after a series of related Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) hearings.

SRA and IoW solicitors to discuss cybercrime, money laundering and reducing red tape

19 May 2015

Cybercrime, spotting money launderers and reducing red tape for law firms are all part of the agenda for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) when its Board members visit the Isle of Wight tomorrow, Wednesday 20 May.

SRA launches small firms team

12 May 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has set up a specialist team dedicated to helping small firms needing advice and guidance on compliance issues.

No Keeping of the Roll exercise this year

11 May 2015

There will be no Keeping of the Roll exercise in 2015, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has confirmed.

The SRA takes Pride in a diverse profession

7 May 2015

For the first time, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is supporting the Birmingham and London Pride festivals.

April

"Be vigilant" - SRA warns after new bank scam

24 April 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) continues to call for extra vigilance across the sector after a small north east conveyancing firm became the latest victim of telephone bank scammers.

Proposals continue SRA's regulatory reform

16 April 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched a further raft of proposals to reduce the regulatory burden on law firms.

SRA guidance on offering inducements updated

14 April 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has updated its guidance on offering inducements in order to reflect the government ban on their use to attract clients in personal injury cases.

Advice to new entities tendering for criminal legal aid: Apply for authorisation sooner rather than later

14 April 2015

New entities bidding for criminal Legal Aid contracts, but which are not yet authorised to practise, need to make an application for authorisation as soon as possible now the tender has reopened, says the SRA.

Advice to new entities tendering for criminal legal aid: Apply for authorisation sooner rather than later

14 April 2015

New entities bidding for criminal Legal Aid contracts, but which are not yet authorised to practise, need to make an application for authorisation as soon as possible now the tender has reopened, says the SRA.

Version 13 of Handbook published

1 April 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority's Competence Statement, which defines the standards required for a solicitor to practise, is among important changes made in Version 13 of the SRA Handbook published today.

March

SRA welcomes Treasury changes to consumer credit

30 March 2015

Following close working between the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), HM Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HM Treasury has agreed to changes in consumer credit regulation which will further help to reduce regulatory burdens on firms.

Record fine from SDT

25 March 2015

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has handed down a record fine to a solicitor who took an unfair advantage of his former client.

SRA Risk Outlook Spring Update published

23 March 2015

Publication of the Spring Update to the Risk Outlook has been announced by Paul Philip, Chief Executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), today.

SRA investigates two firms over closure

19 March 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is investigating two solicitor firms that should have closed at the end of December last year because they did not have a valid insurance policy.

Beware telephone scams, SRA warns

18 March 2015

Don’t be duped into disclosing bank security information, the SRA is warning following reports of more firms being targeted by telephone con artists.

Keeping of the roll, 2013

12 March 2013

The keeping of the roll exercise for 2013 is scheduled to commence in mid-late April for a two-month period: we will confirm the actual date in our communications with individuals and on our website.

SRA Board approves Competence Statement

12 March 2015

The Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has approved its Competence Statement for solicitors, which defines the standards expected of solicitors at the point of qualification and the steps they need to take to maintain these standards.

SRA set to end regulating insolvency practitioners

12 March 2015

The Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has decided the SRA will no longer regulate solicitors who act as insolvency practitioners.

SRA and the Voluntary Code

6 March 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today confirmed that it will withdraw from the Voluntary Code to good practice in the recruitment of trainee solicitors from the end of March 2015.

February

Joint research looks at innovation in the legal services market

19 February 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Legal Services Board (LSB) are continuing research into how law firms, and others providing legal services, are changing the way they operate.

Trainee numbers in 2014 - clarification

18 February 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is aware that information about trainee solicitor numbers, published as a result of information provided by the SRA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, has led to some confusion.

New approach to CPD starts from April this year

13 February 2015

Solicitors will be able to tailor their own continuing professional development (CPD) more closely to their own specific needs from 1 April this year.

January

Guidance issued on client confidentiality

27 January 2015

We have issued guidance on ensuring client confidentiality is maintained.

FCA agrees to consumer credit extension

21 January 2015

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has agreed to our request for another extension to the transitional arrangements for regulation of consumer credit activities.

SRA announces a third new Board member

19 January 2015

The SRA has today announced the appointment of David Heath, MP, to its Board.

SRA warns about client account usage

15 January 2015

We have published a warning notice reminding solicitors why a client account should not be mis-used for clients or others.

Six new members appointed to the SRA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

14 January 2015

Six new members have been appointed to the SRA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Al-Sweady Inquiry

12 January 2015

We have noted with concern the findings of the Al-Sweady Inquiry and the issues raised in the Ministerial Statement by Michael Fallon, the Secretary of State for Defence on 17 December 2014, which raised concerns about two law firms involved in litigation or the inquiry.

Two new appointments to the SRA Board

9 January 2015

Two new appointments to the SRA Board have been announced today.

SRA enhances approach to consultation

7 January 2015

We are improving the way we engage with those affected by our work by adopting a flexible and tailored approach to how we consult on, for example, proposals for new ways of working, policy changes and amendments to the Handbook.