Consultation alert

Consultation alert


Looking to the future - two new consultations


Our latest consultations, launched on 27 September, cover the second phase of our Handbook reforms and our plans to provide better information to the public.


Looking to the future: phase two of our Handbook reforms proposals include:


  • removing rules around being "qualified to supervise",
  • allowing a solicitor to provide reserved legal services, in certain circumstances, on a freelance basis to the public,
  • focusing mandatory character and suitability testing at the point of entry to the profession,
  • a revised Enforcement Strategy so everyone is clear on the action we will or will not take.


Looking to the future: better information, more choice proposals include:


  • a digital register of all solicitors and firms we regulate publishing complaints data and areas of practice,
  • law firms to publish information on price and description of services for certain legal services,
  • to introduce an SRA logo so firms can show they are regulated and protections are in place,
  • solicitors who work outside Legal Services Act-regulated firms to provide information on the client protections they have.


See the proposals in our two consultation papers.


Please let us know your views by 20 December 2017.