Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)
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We have responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) consultation on assuring advocacy standards.
In August 2019, the SRA issued a consultation outlining their proposals to improve on how they currently regulate advocacy and protect consumers by:
We support high professional standards and improving standards wherever there is a need.
However, any proposals for change need to be supported by evidence that improvement is needed in the first place.
It’s unclear to us what the regulatory justifications for the SRA’s proposals are.
We strongly suggest that a robust data-gathering exercise takes place before any changes are considered further.
Any measures that increase the cost for solicitors to conduct high court, crown court or youth court advoacy are likely to:
The consultation closed on 13 November.
The SRA will collate and analyse all the responses before deciding which proposals to take forward.