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Scent of war

The sniping between the Law Society and the SRA stinks of two professional bodies fighting for their own future, not the future of the profession 

15 February 2016

Shots have been fired and battle lines drawn. The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have engaged one another in war. At stake is the right
to regulate the legal profession.

The SRA is fighting to break free from the Law Society and become a completely independent regulator, while the Law Society insists that separating the two bodies will result in poorer professional standards.

The SRA's pushy stance was triggered on 30 November 2015, when the treasury announced a consultation would be launched in spring 2016 on 'making legal service regulators independent from their representative bodies'.

The Law Society's chief executive, Catherine Dixon, made Chancery Lane's position clear on 20 January, saying: 'We would have concerns about totally separating professional standards, including ent...

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