The Solicitors Regulation Authority has just published its new enforcement strategy, and my colleague Leah Darbyshire at ARK Group has written this helpful summary and response.
You can read the full details of the new strategy at https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/strategy/sub-strategies/sra-enforcement-strategy.page
Now all we need is the final version of the rules to go with the strategy that enforces them!
The SRA rules have always sounded straightforward enough – you suspect you have breached the rules, you report it to the SRA. Right? But the realities of law firm life are different. Compliance Officers for Legal Practice (COLPs) with regulatory responsibility have told us time and again that they’ve wondered should I/do I have time to tell my managing partner first? Should I try to gather more evidence first? Should I try to fix it first?