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The SRA has a duty to lead by example

How can the regulator expect to maintain the confidence of the profession when it doesn’t take issues raised by the profession seriously, asks Susanna Heley The SRA’s regulatory reform programme is continuing apace. A new version of the handbook is due…

Divided Loyalties

Lawyers should be fully aware of their obligations to the court, warns Susanna Heley It is sometimes tempting for solicitors to let sympathy for their client, or even just a desire to win, override their duties to the court. The consequences of…

Unceremonious SRA disciplinary proceedings

Solicitors undergoing regulatory investigations for misdemeanours should not have to deal with an apathetic regulator, says Susanna Heley One of the worst things about acting for solicitors facing regulatory investigations and proceedings is having to tell clients that their careers have,…

Prove yourself: how to show continuing competence

As the first major step to emerge from the LETR comes in, firms may have to review their recruitment process to help demonstrate the calibre of employees, says Susanna Heley CPD requirements are changing. The SRA is abolishing the requirement to…

No single individual should have all that responsibility

Will handing over the regulation of annual accounts to COFAs make firms more vulnerable to indemnity claims, asks Susanna Heley COFAs may not be terribly happy with the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s latest proposals to do away with the annual accountants’ report…

Legal Services Act has not levelled the playing field

Lack of definition has been an inherent flaw in the system from the start, says Susanna Heley It is very easy for the Legal Services Board to criticise the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s approach to authorising alternative business structures. Given the SRA’s recently…