“Good drafting more important than SRA rules, say clients”

According to Legal Futures

Consumers and businesses believe that drafting “legally accurate and effective” documents is a more important quality of a competent solicitor than following professional rules, a major study has found.

The study, carried out by consultants BMG Research for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), involved 503 individual consumers, 204 businesses and 1,070 solicitors.

A majority of solicitors said “acting in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements and the SRA codes of conduct” was the most important feature of being a competent solicitor.

The research asked the three groups to rank, in order of priority, elements of the SRA’s new draft competence statement.

Isn’t that interesting? Clients want effective legal work; solicitors want compliance with rules.


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