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The future of the SRA Handbook

By Crispin Passmore, Executive Director for Policy, Solicitors Regulation Authority

16 December 2014

Since the Legal Services Act took effect in England and Wales, the legal market has changed substantially. New entrants have bought new ideas. The profession has grown to meet that challenge, and individuals and businesses are starting to reap the rewards of increased choice. With alternative business structures (ABSs) now an accepted part of the legal landscape, it is a good time to take stock of how far we have come and how much more there is to do.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority's board did just that and, in May, set out our revised approach to regulation (www.sra.org.uk/reform). We regulate to protect current and potential users of legal services, as well as to support the rule of law and the proper administration of justice. That clarity of purpose allows us to be clear about our approach; proportionality is at the core of our regulation. The SRA's

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