Plans are also underway to cut the SRA Handbook from its current 600 pages to nearer 50. The revised handbook and code of conduct will be published for consultation in June.

SRA executive director Crispin Passmore (pictured) said the new documents will change the way the regulator operates, from prescriptive rules to setting a collection of values and behaviours that solicitors should adhere to.

‘We don’t need to explain in detail what is permitted, solicitors just need to know our position,’ said Passmore.

The regulator is in the middle of an 18-month process aimed at simplifying its approach and shrinking the 600-page SRA handbook. The concept of fewer rules was set out in a discussion paper last November.

Solicitors' handbook to be slashed from 600 to 50 pages

Solicitors will be given just five pages of rules in a proposed slashing of the regulations imposed on the profession. The Solicitors Regulation Authority yesterday outlined plans to reduce the code of conduct to just 10 pages - five each for firms and individuals - in a revamped set of rules.


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