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Perceptions of misconduct

While the SRA’s ‘Question of trust’ exercise aims to clarify what the profession and the public see as misconduct, the questions risk muddying the waters, says Susanna Heley

19 January 2016

To welcome 2016, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced a new programme of research as part of its continuing work on regulatory reform. Perhaps unsurprisingly, personal injury, crime, and vulnerable clients feature high on the agenda. The SRA will be looking at the impact of recent regulatory reforms and is expected to consult later this year on a new code of conduct and new accounts rules.

The process is being driven in part by the political imperative of deregulation and the need to re-level the playing field between traditional firms and alternative business structures (ABSs) since, as matters stand, everything that traditional firms do is regulated but the same is not the case for ABSs, where their business may include out-of-scope work. 

Perhaps the most ?interesting question which the SRA intends to look at is whether enforcement action is a credible deterrent. This follows on from the SRA’s ‘A question of trust’ e...

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