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:
Our team of solicitors answers questions on anti-money laundering, customer due diligence, client care, and conveyancing.
We hosted a webinar in partnership with Accuity on overcoming AML challenges for law firms. We share some of our answers.
In our client care letter, we advise clients that we have professional indemnity insurance and the value of our cover. We state that the details of our insurer are available on request. Is this sufficient or should we include the details as well?
Do I have to inform a client of their right to detailed assessment prior to pursuing them on an outstanding bill?
I acted for a client in a property manner and issued a final bill. However, my client became bankrupt before paying the bill. His trustee in bankruptcy has asked me to provide certain documents from the file. Can I exercise a lien over the client's papers?
We are taking on a new solicitor. Do we have to undertake CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks?
I acted for the seller in a conveyancing matter where the buyer was unrepresented. I have just received a letter of complaint from the buyer who wants my firm to pay him compensation for the delayed completion. What should I do?
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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.