LSB consultation on its 2018-2021 strategic plan and 2018/19 business plan Submission deadline 19/02/18

Default County Court Judgements – A consultation on ensuring the process works fairly, for both creditors and debtors: Submission deadline 21/02/18

SQE consultation: Looking to the Future – Notes from meeting with Julie Brannan, SRA on SQE consultation Read notes here– 6 November 2017

On 27 September the SRA published two consultations as part of its ‘Looking to the Future’ work:

The deadline for responses to both consultations is 20 December 2017.

The consultations propose far-reaching changes to the way solicitors and firms currently practise. We are concerned about the impact of the proposals on both the profession and clients and as the representative body for the solicitors’ profession, we will be submitting a full and evidence-based response to both consultations. We will share our response with members ahead of the consultation deadline. In the meantime, please see an overview of the proposals.

Consultations for Government that you may be interested in responding to… Find out more

Law Commission Sentencing Code

The Law Commission is consulting on the introduction of a single sentencing statute that will act as the comprehensive source of sentencing law– the “Sentencing Code”.  Submission deadline 26 January 2018

Responses recently submitted by Leeds Law Society:

SQE Consultation (part 3) Leeds Law Society Response – 20.07.2017

Consultations now closed: 

Recovering the costs of the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS): fees proposals – Financial Conduct Authority Submission deadline 8/1/18

Law Commission Sentencing Code Submission deadline 26/1/18

SRA: Looking to the Future: Better information, more choice Submission deadline 20/12

SRA – Looking to the future: phase two of our Handbook reforms  Submission deadline 20/12

Consultation on new legislation on offensive and dangerous weapons – Home Office

Financial Conduct Authority Guidance Consultation

Law Commission Reform on Wills Law

Regulatory performance assessment closes 25/9

SRA Corporate Strategy 2017-20

Consultation on sentencing guidelines – child cruelty  closes 13/9

Enforcement of suspended orders – alignment of procedures in the County Court and High Court  closed 30/8

Consultation on The Model Order for Directions to be used in all Credit Hire cases: This is a consultation exercise by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee. Opens Wednesday 28 June 2017 – Tuesday 1 August 2017

A new route to qualification: New regulations. The SRA consulting on proposed regulations to provide the regulatory framework for qualification as a solicitor via the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, and on their proposals for recognition of the knowledge and competences of qualified lawyers which will form part of the new regulatory framework. These will come into effect no earlier than September 2020. Consultation opens 31 May 2017, closes 26 July 2017

2017-18 Practising fee consultation with solicitors: Managing the costs of regulatory, public interest and representative work. This consultation from The Law Society opens on 23 June 2017 and closes on 2 July 2017

Consultation responses submitted by Leeds Law Society:

Response to a consultation undertaken on behalf of the North and West Yorkshire Judicial Business Group and HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Successful result: As a result of this consultation response the Leeds Youth Court will remain open and our members will continue to service the Court and provide a high quality representation.

This document is the post-consultation report for the consultation paper on the listing of youth cases in West Yorkshire Magistrates Courts.

This response was published on 26.6.17 READ: Youth Court Consultation Response (Leeds Law Society) April 2017


  • FRC in Low Value Clinical Negligence Claims Consultation:

  • For the Access to Justice Report, please CLICK HERE.
  • For the CET response to Whiplash Consultation, please CLICK HERE.
  • For the consultation response to Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury (Whiplash) Claims Process Consultation. Please CLICK HERE.

Leeds Law Society are very grateful to Richard Coulthard of Michael Lewin Solicitors for his hard work on producing this document.

Special mention also goes to the solicitors and members of the bar in Leeds who attended our workshop and who provided input.

This is a great example of Leeds practitioners working together to respond to an important consultation on an issue that will have a significant impact on some of our members’ livelihoods.

We are currently preparing submissions:

  • to the SRA consultation on changes to how solicitors train and qualify
  • to send to Lord Justice Jackson in relation to the proposal to extend fixed recoverable costs. We published a survey which can be found HERE and is open until 16.01.17. A template is also available if you want to contact Lord Justice Jackson direct. Please contact me at for a copy.

Thank you to everyone who has helped with these consultations.

A new route to qualification: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination

Training for Tomorrow, of which this consultation is a part, is reviewing the education and training of solicitors in England and Wales to better assure their competence.

As part of Training for Tomorrow, we have already published a Statement of Solicitor Competence, which sets out what solicitors need to be able to do to perform their role effectively and which provides consumers of legal services with a clear indication of what they can expect from their solicitor. We have also introduced a new approach to ensuring that the skills and knowledge of qualified solicitors remain up to date. This is our second consultation on how to assure consistent and comparable high quality standards at the point of admission.

Response Details


9 January 2017


  • Please CLICK HERE for the Online Survey
  • Please CLICK HERE for the Consultation Paper
  • Please CLICK HERE to read Leeds Law Society’s response to ‘A NEW ROUTE TO QUALIFICATION: THE SQE’