The Law Society would like to hear your views on the potential separation of legal regulation from professional bodies.

We have produced a briefing paper for our members on the government’s upcoming plans to consult on separating the legal services regulators from their professional bodies (such as the Law Society from the Solicitors Regulation Authority).

Our position is that, to support and protect the public, regulation of legal services should be simpler, better, and continue to be independent of the state.

Regulation and professional standards have become confusingly mixed together and this needs to be addressed.

Regulation should set and enforce the minimum regulatory rules consistently so that the public are protected when they buy legal services.

The solicitor profession should take responsibility for professional standards, which include entry into the profession and awarding the professional title of solicitor. This will enable the profession to maintain, own and drive high professional standards.

We welcome your views ahead of the government’s formal consultation. Please email your views to representation@lawsociety.org.uk.