The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recently announced that it would be proceeding with the changes to the SRA Handbook that it consulted on last summer. This overhaul makes major changes including:
- Removing restrictions on where solicitors can practise
- Two codes of conduct for solicitors and firms
- A shorter Handbook
The SRA believes the changes will offer solicitors more freedom and flexibility in the way they chose to practise. However, the Law Society is concerned that the changes will leave clients and consumers with less protection, and could result in a 'two-tier' solicitors profession.
A full briefing will follow in due course, but in the meantime you may be interested in the following materials:
- SRA Looking To The Future Consultation - Law Society briefing
- SRA Handbook consultation - Consumer and Solicitor Survey Results
- SRA Looking To The Future Consultation - Law Society Response
The SRA will be consulting on further Handbook proposals in the autumn.