On 8 August the Solicitors Regulation Authority applied to the Legal Services Board (LSB) to approve amendments to its regulatory arrangements in respect of the ‘Looking to the future’ Handbook reform proposals.
We are concerned that, despite strong opposition from the Law Society and our members, the SRA is pursuing two controversial proposals to allow:
- solicitors to deliver non-reserved services to the public from unregulated entities
- individual self-employed solicitors to provide reserved and non-reserved services without sole practice authorisation.
The Law Society continues to oppose the changes, and we have formally objected to the LSB. We urge Law Society members to do the same.
All feedback to the LSB must be submitted by 4 September.