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Compliance toolkit: How to ensure compliance with outcomes-focused regulation

UK firms are at risk of overcorrecting their systems to comply with outcomes-focused regulation, says Jane Jarman of Nottingham Law School

24 April 2012

There has been a sense of a ‘phony war’ regarding outcomes-focused regulation (OFR). This has been fuelled by issues around practising certificates and the MySRA website glitch, uncertainty about the content and form of the annual information report and the fact that the emergence of alternative business structures has been more of a drip-feed than an explosion.

However, despite the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA’s) recent announcement that the date for the nomination of compliance officers is to be deferred, it has also indicated that it intends to process all applications by October 2012. So, this issue cannot be ignored for much longer.

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