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Birmingham gets a vote on legal questions of trust

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

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is running a national campaign on how seriously real-life cases considered by the Birmingham-based regulator should be taken. As part of this campaign, called "A Question of Trust", the SRA is holding an open voting session in the city centre tomorrow (Tuesday 20 October) for members of the public.

Attendees will use interactive voting equipment to give their feedback on the issues raised at The Studio in Cannon Street between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. The cases all explore issues of trust, professional standards and applying good regulation, such as being convicted of drink driving, failing to keep client information confidential, using a client's money without authority or amending a will.

Paul Philip, SRA Chief Executive, said: “We regulate in the public interest, so it’s important that we ask the public what really matters to them when using a solicitor and what should happen when things go wrong. We want people to have their say on issues that we tackle every day."

The Birmingham event is the second of 28 being held around England and Wales as part of the campaign, which runs until the end of January 2016. In July, the SRA surveyed 10,000 solicitors as part of "A Question of Trust" and an online survey is now open to the public and legal professionals on the SRA's website. All feedback gathered during the campaign will help to support future SRA decision making.

More information about "A Question of Trust", together with an explanatory video, is available here:

Go to the "A Question of Trust" page

The online survey can also be found on this page.

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