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SDT blames mySRA problems as it rejects misconduct charges against solicitor

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has rejected misconduct charges against a solicitor who said he was the victim of technology problems with the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s online system, mySRA, that meant he was not aware of conditions attached to his practising certificate.

July 15th, 2015 | No Comments »

SRA set to end annual ‘keeping of the roll’ exercise

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to press ahead with plans to stop the annual exercise of checking whether non-practising solicitors want to stay on the roll, despite strong opposition from the Law Society.

September 16th, 2014 | No Comments »

Solicitor numbers fall – for the first time in 20 years

The number of practicing and non-practicing solicitors has fallen – for the first time in more than 20 years. Meanwhile, the decline in the number of law firms continued, according to new Law Society statistics.

May 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Thousands miss PC renewal deadline as figures reveal staggering growth in solicitors’ ranks

Thousands of solicitors have missed the deadline to apply for their practising certificates to be renewed, the Solicitors Regulation Authority confirmed today. It comes as new figures show a record number of practising solicitors.

November 1st, 2013 | 1 Comment »

The SRA’s trust exercise

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has been celebrating the first year of its ABS licensing regime. It is not just a numbers game, but with 74 licences granted in that time and 300-odd still inching their way through the application process, it perhaps hasn’t necessarily been quite as glorious a first year as the SRA is making out – another way of looking at it is that there is a large backlog – but it has certainly been interesting given the range of approvals.

January 16th, 2013 | No Comments »

Thousands of solicitors face losing right to practise after PC renewal failures

Thousands of solicitors face having their right to practise removed after failing to meet the deadline to renew their practising certificate for 2012/13. Meanwhile, around 1,500 law firms have not responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s staff diversity questionnaire.

December 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Traditional firms “more innovative than ABSs”, says SRA, as it promises COLP/COFA reassurance

Innovations in legal practice are coming more from traditional law firms than from ABSs, the SRA said last week. Meanwhile, it will this week clarify the position of firms that have submitted COLP and COFA nominations but have not yet received approvals.

December 17th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Over 3,000 PC applications logged as SRA overcomes early teething problem

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has insisted that its online practising certificate renewal system is working normally, despite a technical hitch occurring one day after the applications process opened last week.

November 6th, 2012 | No Comments »

SRA warns of “glitches” as PC renewal gets underway

The 2012 practising certificate renewal exercise has gone live today with an acknowledgement from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) that there will be “glitches”. Separately the SRA has published its long-awaited consultation on introducing a leniency scheme for law firm whistleblowers.

November 1st, 2012 | No Comments »

News in brief: SRA launches Hillsborough probe, two more ABSs, PC renewal timetable and more

Our latest round-up of news you need to know includes the SRA launching an investigation into the conduct of solicitors after the Hillsborough disaster, the latest ABS licences, PC renewal details, and a bid to ensure high standards of complaints handling among conveyancers.

September 21st, 2012 | Comments Off on News in brief: SRA launches Hillsborough probe, two more ABSs, PC renewal timetable and more