News release

No Keeping of the Roll exercise this year

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

Traditionally solicitors who do not hold a practising certificate have had to apply online to the SRA each year to keep their name on the Roll of Solicitors. However the SRA Board agreed last year to abolish the annual Keeping of the Roll exercise.

The SRA now conducts the Keeping of the Roll exercise only when it considers it necessary to verify its data. This means solicitors no longer pay a £20 fee and complete an application each year to confirm that they wish to stay on the Roll.

Paul Philip, SRA Chief Executive, said: "As part of our reform programme, we consulted on this issue last summer, and the majority of respondents agreed that the exercise was a burden, did not add regulatory value, and was not cost effective. This is a good example of how we are cutting down on bureaucracy, and we will continue to do more of the same where we can."

Solicitors can be exempt from holding a practising certificate (PC) due to their employment - perhaps because they work in a government department. In these cases they no longer need to confirm their exempt status each year. However, if they change their employment and lose their exempt status, they must update their details on mySRA and apply to the SRA for a practising certificate.

It is essential that all those on the roll keep their mySRA profile up to date, particularly with contact details to ensure that the Law Society membership body has the correct contact details to forward any future communications about updating the Roll. Abolishing the Keeping of the Roll exercise was part of the SRA's programme of regulatory reform.

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