SRA to establish first regulatory panel

Until now the regulatory body has handed work to firms on an ad-hoc basis, but is seeking to establish a formal panel that will be in place for three years.

Successful firms will have to handle court proceedings that arise from interventions into law firms and will also have to represent the SRA in litigation.

The main areas the firms will be covering are regulatory issues, data protection and Freedom of Information.

The SRA will be asking prospective firms to demonstrate their commitment to promoting equality and diversity.

Earlier this year reported that Kennedys, Foot Anstey and Hill Dickinson were among 24 firms to win spots on the SRA’s panel of intervention (6 July 2009).