The SRA has confirmed that it will randomly check hundreds of law firm websites to check they are meeting new requirements for price transparency.
The SRA stresses it does not wish to dictate what fees are charged, and that it appreciates the new rules require changes to websites. But the regulator has made it clear non-compliance is not an option. This is something of a departure from the rather non-urgent approach taken by the regulator at the outset – possibly in reaction to some of the negative reactions from the profession.
The regulator this week confirmed plans to ‘sweep’ around 500 law firm websites chosen at random for compliance, as part of regular checks. Firms found to have taken no steps to comply, deliberately refused to comply, or deliberately provided vague, misleading or meaningless information, will be in line for a rebuke or possibly a fine.