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SRA corporate strategy 2017-2020 - Law Society response

22 September 2017

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consulted on its draft corporate strategy 2017-2020. The strategy sets out what the SRA seeks to achieve over the next three years, with reference to a set of strategic aims. Under each of its aims, the SRA outlines how its planned items of work will fulfil that aim. For example, the SRA states that delivery of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination will help deliver on its strategic aim of setting and applying consistently high professional standards for the profession.  

The Law Society has responded to the SRA to highlight the areas of concern or where further work is needed by the SRA to ensure that it fulfils its strategic aims, for example:

  • demonstrating the need for any proposed regulatory changes, and outlining its analysis of costs, benefits and risks to clients, the profession and other participants in the legal system
  • emphasising the importance of the SRA clearly communicating its decisions and expectations to the profession, to enhance trust and assist in complying with rule changes
  • ensuring there is a focus on the quality of decision-making rather than purely on the speed of decision-making.

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