The SRA have written to the House of Commons’ Justice Select Committee seeking independence from The Law Society and attacking the tax on Solicitors to join their union!
SRA chief executive Paul Philip said in an interview with PoliticsHome yesterday: “We think that we should be accountable to the public through Parliament, not accountable to an organisation that represents and lobbies on behalf of solicitors.”
“We have written to the select committee asking if we could become accountable to Parliament through that route.”
Mr Philip argued that “if solicitors set their own standards, it is essentially marking their own homework. We think in order to bolster public credibility the people who set the standards have to be independent of the representative body and be independent of government. Setting standards is the role of the regulator.” See Legal Futures