Big news in the world of solicitor regulation.  The SRA has published its long awaited consultation on its new Handbook.  The Code of Conduct has been reduced to six pages. Gone are outcomes and indicative behaviours.  Although there is now a separate Code for firms.

Other proposed changes bring the SRA scheme into alignment with Section 15 of the Legal Services Act which sets the perimeter for regulated legal services.  This will remove the restrictions on in house lawyers only acting for their employers save in certain circumstances.  It is proposed that there will be no regulatory restrictions on solicitors providing legal services to anyone as long as they fall outside the reserved legal services that are regulated under the Legal Services Act.  This new freedom will benefit  in house teams and allow solicitors to work as solicitors in unregulated legal businesses as long as they do not provided reserved legal activities.