SRA calls for more lawyer feedback

The ;Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued a plea for more engagement from the profession after receiving limited responses to four key consultations.

SRA chair Peter William-son told The Lawyer: “The SRA ;can ;regulate ;the solicitors’ profession only in partnership with it. We need to be confident that our policies take into account the realities of everyday practice. We’ll only achieve that if solicitors talk to us. The advice of solicitors with expert knowledge can be hugely beneficial.”

The four consultations go right to the heart of how the SRA proposes the sector should be governed.

The regulator received the most responses to its consultation on how the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations (QLTR) should be ;reformed ;to ;allow solicitors who have qualified outside England and Wales and English barristers to practice as solicitors in England and Wales.

Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier warned ;that, ;if ;the profession failed to interact with the regulator, it could run into problems.

“The code of conduct was simplified in July 2007,” he said. “The worry now is that the rules are about to become more complex as a result of proposed changes to how the profession is governed.”