SRA business plan 2021/22 consultation – Junior Lawyers Division response

Our Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) 2021/22 business plan consultation.

The proposals

The SRA’s proposed business plan contains three objectives:

  1. setting and maintaining high standards for the profession and the SRA
  2. supporting the adoption of technology and innovation
  3. anticipating and responding to change

The business plan also sets out the SRA’s proposed budget for the 2021/22 financial year.

The JLD’s view

The JLD presented its view on the following SRA consultation questions:

  1. What do you think about our proposal to more clearly segment the market when considering regulatory issues and how we might target our resources in response to them?
  2. Do you have any views on the proposed priorities for our work in 2021/22 towards meeting objective one of our corporate strategy?
  3. Do you have any views on the proposed priorities for our work in 2021/22 towards meeting objective two of our corporate strategy?
  4. Do you have any views on the proposed priorities for our work in 2021/22 towards meeting objective three of our corporate strategy?
  5. What do you think about our aim to maintain a flat budget for 2021/2022 and the proportion we allocate to our work under each of the three objectives?
  6. Do you have any comments on the initial equality impact assessments? Do you have information that will help us to further build our understanding in relation to impacts on different groups of solicitors?
  7. Do you agree that the SRA proportion of the practising certificate fee (at no more than £151) is reasonable and appropriate?
  8. Do you agree with the proposed reduction in compensation fund contribution level for individuals from £50 to £40?

Next steps

The consultation closed on 25 June.

We invite the SRA to continue its dialogue with the JLD.

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