Monthly Archives: June 2012

SRA releases version 4 of the Handbook

The fourth version of the Handbook was published on 21 June 2012.

This latest edition reflects the delay in the introduction of the COLP and COFA regime. This was due to go live on 1st Novemer 2012, but due to delays in the nomination process, the new edition of the Handbook now confirms that this has been put back to 1st January 2013.

Rule 4 of the SRA Practice Framework Rules has been amended to clarify when in-house legal teams need to act from an ABS.

The third change relates to the SRA Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) Notification?Regulations 2012. The new notification regulations are an interim measure to ensure that all solicitors wishing to conduct criminal advocacy under the upcoming Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates notify the SRA. Regulations to implement the scheme in full will be made in due course.

To view version 4 of the Handbook, click here.

Legal Compliance Services strengthens its team

Former SRA Practice Standards Advisers Dawn Lindop and Judith Stanway have this week joined Legal Compliance Services. The regulatory compliance consultancy which provides bespoke compliance and risk management systems and advice to law firms, now has a five-strong team of ex-SRA compliance experts.

Dawn and Judith are both qualified solicitors who worked in private practice for a number of years before joining the SRA. During their time with the regulator, they each visited several hundred law firms to provide advice on practical compliance and helped shape the SRA?s regulatory strategy and approach. More recently, both of them contributed to the development of outcomes-focused regulation.

Richard Robinson, Managing Director of Legal Compliance Services, said: ?I am delighted to welcome my former SRA colleagues Dawn and Judith to Legal Compliance Services. Both of them bring a wealth of practical regulatory know-how and experience to our team which will prove of great benefit to our clients.?