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With innovation comes change

In his parting foreword, Kevin Poulter postures that challenges - and opportunity - are inevitable for the legal profession and the world's longest-running legal magazine

24 March 2016

Innovation isn't the first word that springs to mind when you think of the regulation of the legal sector, yet the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is encouraging us all to think more about new ways of working. How we deliver legal services and how we use technology will be essential to the future-proofing of the profession. At the SRA Innovate conference this week, I was reassured that this is more than just hollow talk and, to prove it, change from within is already underway.

Alongside the promise of lighter regulation, a much-reduced SRA Handbook (cut down from 668 pages to around 50), and a ten-page code of conduct - split evenly between firms and individuals, based on principles not prescription - the SRA offered an open door to discuss new ideas and innovative working.

The message was one of help not hindrance, backed up by a panel of innovators who shared stories and schemes tha...

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