Practising certificate fees to be frozen for 2018-19

Solicitors could pay the same practising certificate fees for 2018-19 as they did this year, under draft plans presented by the Law Society Group.

The SRA and the Law Society have launched a consultation proposing an individual rate of £278 per solicitor for 2018-19, a £32 or 13 per cent decrease over the last three years. Since 2014, the fee has gone down by 28 per cent.

The practising certificate fee supports our work in promoting the profession; safeguarding the rule of law; influencing government on key legal issues; promoting England and Wales as a global legal centre; opening new markets and defending human rights.

As a result of considerable efficiency savings across the Society, and an increase in the number of solicitors on the roll, we are able to freeze fees while delivering greater value to members.

The £278 practising certificate fee also supports the work of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the Legal Services Board, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Legal Ombudsman, and covers the cost of regulation work undertaken by the SRA.

Our consultation on the proposed fee for 2018-19 is now open. The results will be considered at the Annual General Meeting on 5 July 2018.

If the fee is approved, it will be considered by the Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator, for final approval.

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