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SRA consultation 'Looking to the Future: phase two of our Handbook reforms' - Law Society response

7 December 2017

The Law Society has responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consultation Looking to the Future: phase two of our Handbook reforms.

The consultation is part of a wider programme of Handbook reforms and includes the rules to implement the SRA policy decisions from the first phase of consultation which ran from June to September 2016. The phase two consultation proposes further changes to the way solicitors and firms currently practise. Key proposals include allowing self-employed solicitors to provide legal services on a freelance basis without the need to be authorised as a recognised sole practice, removing the 'qualified to supervise' rule, and widening the practising address requirements beyond England and Wales to anywhere in the UK.

The Law Society is concerned about the impact of some of these proposals on the profession and clients. We take the view that flexibility for solicitors should not come at the expense of client protections. We encourage members of the profession to share their views directly with the SRA.

If you have any queries about the impact of these proposals on you or your practice, please get in touch with the Law Society’s regulatory affairs unit.

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