The SRA Handbook is being replaced by Standards and Regulations from 25 November 2019. The new regulations are shorter than the existing Handbook and many prescriptive rules will be removed.
Major changes that you will need to be aware of include:
We have a range of resources to help you and your firm comply with the new regulatory framework.
We will be running seminars, roadshows, roundtables and conferences around the country throughout 2019 and into 2020. You can choose the format and location that suits you.
See our list of events
Our practice notes cover regulatory matters to help you with your compliance obligations. They are free to members.
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Our Practice Advice Service offers free and confidential support and advice on legal practice and procedure. Call 020 7320 5675 or email email@example.com.
We will keep you up to date through:
Our short and informative Podcasts with Pearl keep you up to date on SRA and other compliance changes.
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We have a range of books coming out this autumn to help you navigate the new standards and regulations, including:
To order, contact our Bookshop.
Talk to our relationship managers in your area of England and Wales. They can direct you to events and roadshows near you.
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Our subscription-based Risk and Compliance Service provides you with a range of benefits to help you keep informed and meet your regulatory obligations.
We also provide a face-to-face Advisory Service for bespoke training and support.
Our Professional Development Centre hosts desk-based learning, including online courses and webinars:
We are disappointed that the SDT will apply to adopt the civil standard of proof when it hears cases brought by the regulator.
It is in the public interest that the Legal Services Board demands and scrutinises evidence before approving major rule changes.
The Legal Ombudsman has made progress with its modernisation programme and should now strengthen measures to earn the trust and confidence of the public.
The Law Society has warned that the slackening of rules governing legal services unveiled by the LSB today will put consumers at risk.
The Law Society has published recommendations for pay gap reporting in the legal sector to help firms develop comprehensive equality action plans.
The Law Society has reminded the profession that new SRA rules mean firms must publish a range of price and service information by 6 December.
The Law Society has said that the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal should retain the criminal standard of proof in response to a SDT consultation.
Greater clarity on the process for reporting misconduct that is appropriate for law firms of all sizes is essential to ensuring that serious cases are dealt with quickly, the Law Society of England and Wales has said.
Law firms face a tight turnaround to publish price and service information for consumers and small businesses, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today.
News the SRA wants to push ahead with rule changes that will create different tiers of regulation within the solicitor profession has prompted the Law Society to urge the LSB to put the best interests of the public first.
Other advice, products and services from the Law Society:
Join us at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Bristol to learn how to remain compliant in light of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority's significant changes.