Law Society challenges Legal Services Board over SRA relationship

A row seems to be brewing between the Law Society and the Legal Services Board over the proposed revisions in the rules governing the relationship between the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The Law Society says that the new rules are inconsistent with the Legal Services Act and could encourage disagreements. In a consultation response the Law Society has said: ’We are concerned that they do not set out a clear enough framework for settling future complaints and may create a context in which disagreements are more likely to arise,’ and ‘’We believe that limitations placed upon the Society would prevent it from carrying out the approved regulator role as intended by the act.’

The Internal Governance Rules (IGRs) are set under Section 30 of the Legal Services Act, which obliges the super regulator to make rules setting out requirements to ensure the separation of regulators’ regulatory and representative functions.

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