The director of the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors, Peter Ross, has promised that the OSS will give full consideration to the British Legal Association's complaint about the perceived mishandling of the Regis computer project.

The complaint refers to solicitor members of the Law Society's management board from January 1995 onwards.

Ross said: “The complaint will be subject to a thorough investigation to establish the accuracy or otherwise of the BLA's claims.” He denied that the independence of the OSS was being tested, saying the allegations were “not linked to the status of the Office”.