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Training up: getting a head start on the new regulatory rulebook

Firms looking to demonstrate early compliance with the forthcoming SRA Standards and Regulations could do worse than review their training and supervision programmes, says Susanna Heley

1 February 2019

It’s offcial, after 20 editions in seven years, the SRA Handbook 2011 is being scrapped in 2019. Its replacement – the snappily titled SRA Standards and Regulations – was approved by the Legal Services Board on 5 November 2018 and will come into force on a date to be con rmed between April and July 2019.

Our new rulebook is vastly reduced in length and is intended to permit greater exibility in practice. For the first time, it comprises two codes of conducts – one for individuals (Solicitors, RELs and RFLs) and one for firms. Outcomes and Indicative Behaviours have been abandoned and we will now have “standards” to contend with.

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