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SRA names barrister as its next chief executive

Paul Philip to replace Antony Townsend in February 2014 

1 October 2013

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Paul Philip, currently deputy chief executive and COO of the General Medical Council (GMC), has been named the next chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

The regulator for UK law firms said that Philip has radically reformed the GMC’s disciplinary work, ensuring the medical regulator delivered against challenging operational targets, at the same time as introducing a wide-ranging cultural change.

Philip also reportedly led the development of the GMC’s in-house legal team, delivering multiple six-figure savings for the organisation.

Said Charles Plant, chair of the SRA’s board: “Paul has a wealth of experience in public interest regulation relating to the provision of professional services, which will be brought to bear on the opportunities and challenges facing the SRA as it moves to the next stage in our development.”

Philip, who has previously held senior roles in both the Legal Services Commission and the NHS, replaces Antony Townsend on 1 February 2014.

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