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:
Regulation & compliance expert Tracey Calvert of Oakalls Consultancy explains the major changes that will be introduced. We are now on the countdown to the end of the SRA Handbook and the beginning of the era of the SRA Standards and Regulations.
We have responded to the Legal Ombudsman's consultation on its proposed business plan for 2019/20.
The Legal Ombudsman has made progress with its modernisation programme and should now strengthen measures to earn the trust and confidence of the public.
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 have responded to the Legal Services Board's consultation 'Proposed Internal Governance Rules'.
This practice note provides guidance on which parts of the file are owned by the client and which are owned by you.
Our guidance on the corporate offence of failure to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion has been revised with HMRC and approved by the chancellor.
Pearl Moses talks to Rebecca Atkinson, risk director at Howard Kennedy LLP, about how her firm is dealing with the requirements.
Most solicitors will be aware of the SRA Transparency Rules being introduced this December. It's an open secret that this move has been unpopular with the profession.
The Law Society has warned that the slackening of rules governing legal services unveiled by the LSB today will put consumers at risk.
Other advice, products and services from the Law Society:
Join this one-hour webinar on 30 September to learn more about the new rules on reporting concerns, the SRA Enforcement Strategy and new SDT rules.