SRA to cut 80 jobs in preparation for ABSs

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is slashing its staff headcount ahead of the introduction of alternative business structures (ABSs), cutting numbers from 640 to 560.

Antony Townsend
Antony Townsend

The body will begin regulating and licensing ABSs from 6 October this year.

According to chief executive Antony Townsend the restructure will see the authority focus on three key regulatory activities: authorisation, supervision, and enforcement.

In a statement released this morning he said: “This is the final stage of our programme to equip the SRA to be a modern, risk-based regulator, capable of meeting the needs of consumers of legal services in a radically changing legal sector.

“A combination of retrained staff, the targeted appointment of new staff members with new skills, and the replacement of our old and inefficient IT systems, will enable us to deliver effective and efficient regulation with a lower cost base than before, to the timetable to which we are committed.”

Senior management at the regulator informed staff of the changes yesterday. While the plan is to redeploy existing staff, the regulator anticipates that redundancies will be inevitable as part of the streamlining process.

Townsend added: “The new structure will not only improve internal clarity and accountabilities, but also make it easier for those who deal with us to understand responsibilities in the organisation.”