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Strangely familiar: the old and the new combine in the recently approved handbook

The 2019 SRA handbook takes us further down the road opened by its predecessor, but there are also new markers you need to prepare for, says Tracey Calvert

1 February 2019

The SRA is a terrible timekeeper. When it launched its regulatory review, we were told that it would all be done and dusted by 2017. By now, the SRA Handbook 2011 would be a distant memory and we would all be working with a more appropriate, shorter, regulatory toolkit. Well that didn’t happen and the regulatory package was not approved by the Legal Services Board until last November with an implementation date between April and July 2019.

So, finally, we are on the cusp of the much-anticipated changes and you might already be reading copious amounts of commentary about the new handbook. More is to come, including some imminent guidance, but for the time being, I would like to offer some initial thoughts about the changed regulatory regime.

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