Press release archive for 2016

October

SRA urges solicitors to report touting, 28 October 2016

We have committed to working with the profession to help target the increasing problem of touting.

Perceptions survey suggests positive progress in personal injury market but concerns remain, 25 October 2016

We have published a survey of personal injury sector views which shows most respondents think the market seems to be generally working well, though there are still areas of concern that need to be investigated further.

SRA publishes data ahead of insurance consultation, 20 October 2016

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today published analysis of professional indemnity insurance trends for law firms. The analysis will be used to inform the development of proposals for changes to minimum cover requirements.

SRA starts discussion on better information for consumers, 20 October 2016

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today published initial ideas for improving the information available about law firms and solicitors, which could help consumers make more informed choices and result in a more competitive legal sector.

New criminal Legal Aid firms advised to apply for authorisation early, 18 October 2016

We are advising new entities bidding for criminal Legal Aid contracts but which are not yet authorised to practise to make an application for authorisation as soon as possible.

Second consultation on the SQE gets under way, 3 October 2016

We have launched our latest consultation on a new single assessment for would-be solicitors - the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

July

SRA launches research on consumers with family law needs, 29 July 2016

As part of our planned programme of research, we have commissioned independent research to understand the experiences of consumers in family, children's and social welfare law.

Enterprise Insurance- Update, 27 July, 27 July 2016

We have further information on Gibraltar-based Enterprise Insurance, which provides professional indemnity insurance for law firms in England and Wales.

Fee levels for next practising year submitted, 26 July 2016

Proposed fee levels for the practising year 2016/17 have been submitted to the Legal Services Board for approval.

Enterprise Insurance, 25 July 2016

We are aware that the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission is taking steps to issue winding up proceedings for Enterprise Insurance, based in Gibraltar, and has been directed that it cannot currently write any new business. This action is being taken in co-operation with the company.

Bogus firms problem not going away as numbers double since 2012, says the SRA, 25 July 2016

We are advising law firms - and the public - to be vigilant, with reports of bogus firms doubling since 2012.

Question of Trust - views from the public and solicitors renew SRA mandate, 15 July 2016

Initial findings show that the public and profession agree that dishonesty and misuse of client money are the most serious offences for a solicitor, yet the public view the issue of information security and competence more seriously than lawyers do.

CMA backs legal services reform, 8 July 2016

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has welcomed a report by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which supports the importance of reform to increase competition and improve consumer choice.

Trust on agenda for key regulators, 7 July 2016

A keynote conference looking at professional standards, public confidence and access to services will be held in London next week.

Government move to increase competition welcome, 7 July 2016

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has welcomed steps by the government to increase competition in the legal services market as good news for the public, business and the economy.

SRA responds to LSB market evaluation, 4 July 2016

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has welcomed a report by the Legal Service Board (LSB) as a sign that legal services are moving in the right direction, but that there is still more to do to improve competition and build trust in the sector.

April

SRA appeal sees solicitors suspended for involvement in tax avoidance schemes, 27 April 2016

Two solicitors originally fined £15,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for their involvement in operating tax avoidance schemes have been suspended for three years at a new hearing.

Insurance change would increase flexibility for firms, 21 April 2016

We have proposed a change to our Participating Insurers Agreement (PIA) to make it is easier for firms to switch their regulator and improve competition in the market.

Six month countdown to adopting new approach to continuing competence , 20 April 2016

With less than six months to go until the old CPD requirements no longer apply, we are reminding solicitors and law firms to get ready for the new approach to continuing competence.

SRA Chair says more open legal market will boost Welsh economy, 14 April 2016

Our Chair has told Welsh MPs that a more open and competitive legal services market will benefit the public, the profession and contribute to Welsh economic growth.

Al-Sweady Inquiry - statement, 7 April 2016

Our investigation has involved the review of a huge amount of complex and detailed evidence contained in hundreds of thousands of documents.

SRA response to the cost of legal services report, 5 April 2016

Paul Philip, our Chief Executive, has welcomed the Legal Services Board (LSB) research into the price of legal services.

Handbook updated with new consumer credit regime, 1 April 2016

We have published the latest version of our Handbook, which includes changes to the regulation of consumer credit work.

March

Innovation in legal services is a win/win for the economy, law firms and the users of legal services, 24 March 2016

Greater innovation in the legal services market is important for UK PLC, law firms and the users of legal services.

Separation would give boost to the market and consumers of legal services, 24 March 2016

We have told the Competition and Markets Authority that making legal service regulators separate from their representative bodies would boost customer choice and the affordability of legal services.

SRA improves access to information as it launches new online database, 22 March 2016

We have launched a searchable, online law firm database as a first step to improving access to information about the 10,000 plus law firms we regulate.

SRA warns solicitors over personal injury fraud, 21 March 2016

We have issued a warning notice on potential fraud in personal injury cases, reminding the profession of its obligations.

SRA highlights IT innovation in the legal sector, 14 March 2016

Use of technology can enable law firms to do more for clients, according to the latest marketplace report from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Technical change good news for ensuring standards in advocacy, 9 March 2016

A technical change agreed today by our Board helps pave the way for the introduction of a system that will ensure solicitors acting as advocates in criminal cases deliver consistently high standards.

SRA confirms 2020 end of post run-off insurance cover, 9 March 2016

We have confirmed that there will be no extension to arrangements providing insurance cover for closed firms beyond the current six-year run-off period.

SRA showcases innovation in the legal sector , 7 March 2016

We will be holding a free conference this month exploring new ideas and innovations in the legal sector.

January

LSB approves SRA rule change on reserved activity, 28 January 2016

We have welcomed the decision by the Legal Services Board to approve proposals to remove unnecessary burdens on law firms carrying out reserved activities.

SRA welcomes Insurance Task Force report, 20 January 2016

We have welcomed the Ministry of Justice's report on insurance fraud and will be working even more closely with other agencies in a bid to crack down further on fraudulent claims.

Complaints about SRA work drop again, 20 January 2016

The number of complaints about our work has dropped for the second year running.

SRA wins anonymity appeal, 19 January 2016

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has overturned an anonymity order made by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The Tribunal made the order because it only found a respondent guilty of a technical breach of the Code of Conduct.

Consumer credit toolkit helps firms with compliance, 19 January 2016

We have published a consumer credit toolkit to help firms ensure the services they deliver are compliant with the new regulatory regime.

Have your say on the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination , 14 January 2016

We are inviting solicitors, education and training providers and students to a series of consultation events on the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

Nottingham gets a vote on legal questions of trust , 14 January 2016

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

SRA begins review of legal support for asylum seekers, 14 January 2016

The SRA has unveiled a programme of work to better understand how the legal service market serves asylum seekers.

SRA welcomes CMA study into legal services, 13 January 2016

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has welcomed the announcement by the Competition and Markets Authority that the CMA will launch a market study into legal services.

Liverpool gets a vote on legal questions of trust, 7 January 2016

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

Al-Sweady Inquiry, statement, January 2016, 6 January 2016

We received new and potentially serious information from the Inquiry Report in December 2014, as outlined in our statement of January 2015, and further evidence supplied by the Government in March 2015.

Research projects to inform the work of the SRA, 4 January 2016

We have set out our research programme for 2016, and have put protecting the public interest at its heart.

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