The SRA has acknowledged that the current handbook isn't clear enough and is too long. Further it's not currently focused on providing a clear and practical framework focused on the delivery of great and reliable legal services by the profession to clients.
It's not rocket science that we should be involving everyone affected when looking to change and improve what we do but all too often it doesn't happen.
Well done the SRA - now please make sure you try really hard to get participation and input from both solicitors and the public alike. And then, listen and act on what they all say.
Our rules and regulations need to reflect a legal sector that is changing at pace. However our current 400+ page Handbook is long, complex and costly to apply. We believe solicitors and firms do not need lots of detailed, prescriptive rules to do the right thing. That is why our Board has decided to introduce new and shorter principles and codes of conduct, as well as more proportionate and targeted Accounts Rules. This is the first stage in a wider review of our Handbook.