We can help you negotiate with the SRA for a Regulatory Settlement Agreement (RSA) which is an alternative to a hearing. It’s a formal written agreement which settles complaints made by the SRA against the solicitor. The SRA may be willing to accept an RSA once the solicitor can accept the breaches they made to the solicitor’s code of conduct or SRA principles and are preparing to put the matter right. It’s difficult to get the SRA to consider this when they have no obligation to do so. Also, it’s unlikely that the SRA will consider an RSA if it believes the solicitor won’t comply with its terms.
Agreeing to an RSA means the SRA will supervise the firm or solicitor to ensure the terms of the agreement are being complied with. Further regulation against a solicitor can occur if they breach or fail to cooperate with the agreement terms. An RSA is beneficial because it’s flexible and resolution can be swift. We can advise you on whether an RSA is achievable in relation to your circumstances and how we plan to help you achieve it.