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What is the unmet legal need – and whose is it?

Susanna Heley examines the flaws in the SRA’s proposals to overhaul the solicitors’ profession and open up the legal services market to meet consumers’ needs

12 October 2016

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s recently closed consultations

on a revamp of the Handbook and Accounts Rules have been pretty well lambasted across the board. Many published responses (I can’t say I’ve looked for all of them) have serious concerns about the SRA’s proposals to allow solicitors to work in unregulated entities, conducting non-reserved activities, but still using the ‘solicitor’ title.

Objections are, predictably, directed at the responding organisation’s particular interest. So, for example, the Legal Ombudsman focuses on the problems the SRA’s proposal would cause for it in terms of jurisdiction and consumer confusion. The Junior Lawyers Division says it would ...

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