On 1 June the SRA released its draft of the 2017 Code of Conduct, which introduces separate codes for individuals and firms. It's dramatically shorter than the existing code, with just seven pages on solicitor conduct and six on firm conduct.
The consultation runs until 21 September.
At the heart of the work of any regulator is setting and maintaining high professional standards – the standards the public expect. And with a clear emphasis on that, we can give solicitors and firms more freedom and flexibility. So we are planning to radically simplify our Handbook, starting with revising the Principles and the Code of Conduct. For the first time, we are proposing two separate codes - a Code of Conduct for Solicitors and a Code of Conduct for Firms. These replace detailed and prescriptive requirements with a framework for competent and ethical practice. Every solicitor will be absolutely clear about their personal obligations and responsibility to maintain the highest professional standards. Firms will have clarity about the systems and controls they need to provide good legal services for consumers and the public.