Message from the SRA Chief Executive – Keeping of the roll process launches on 3 September

  • 23/08/2012

Message from the Chief Executive
Keeping of the roll process launches on 3 September

The SRA has today announced that the keeping of the roll process will commence on 3 September. The exercise will be carried out by paper, not online as previously expected. We have taken the decision to continue with a paper process for keeping of the roll this year as we are focusing our efforts on delivering an improved online system for PC renewals. At present, given the current infrastructure, we cannot be sufficiently confident that putting keeping of the roll online would not cause difficulties for those completing the process, and we are determined to avoid this. Carrying out further work to make the system stable for keeping of the roll could detract from the significant progress we are making with our suppliers on enhancements for PC renewals and we are not prepared to take this risk.
We will be writing to all individuals eligible to stay on the roll during September, enclosing an application form that can be used to confirm that an individual wants to keep their name on the roll of solicitors, request removal of an individual’s name from the roll of solicitors and inform the SRA of any changes to personal details.
There will be a fee of £20, which for this year only, will cover both 2011 and 2012. Completed forms and payment have to be made by November otherwise individuals’ names will be removed from the roll of solicitors. No fee is payable under regulation 6 of the Keeping of the Roll Regulations (2011) by a solicitor whose name has been on the roll for 50 years or more.

Antony Townsend
Chief Executive