The SRA should take radical action to ensure regulation is fair and proportionate, as Gideon Habel and Emma Walker explain

In December 2020, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) published its long-awaited statistics on the diversity profile of those that are subject to its disciplinary proceedings.

To those who have followed this issue, that the results show solicitors from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds continue to be overrepresented is perhaps unsurprising. The statistics do, however, at first blush show some improvement compared to the last review on this issue (the 2014 Independent Comparative Case Review (ICCR)).

While this appears to be a positive development, a closer look at the data indicates that there is still more to do to build confidence within the profession that the SRA is a fair and proportionate regulat...

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