Sole Practitioners, Small Firms and High Street Practices

Industry statistics reveal that a significant number of BME solicitors work in sole practitioner or small/high street firms. At BSN we are committed to supporting sole practitioner and high street firms through our workshops with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), The Law Society and others on regulation, compliance and insurance and provide a forum to discuss regulatory, training and legal aid reform and related issues.

BSN was instrumental in the SRA commissioning a report into the disproportionate incidence of regulatory and disciplinary action against BME solicitors. We continue in a constructive dialogue with the regulator, seeking an implementation of measures which promote diversity in the profession and fairness in decision making on regulation. Training and access into the profession, as well as support for practices suffering cuts to legal aid and increased regulation remain areas of concern, and BSN is at the table at The Law Society as the profession grapples with these issues.

BSN continues to provide updates and developments on areas of practice which are of particular interest or concern to sole practitioners and members of small firms.

BSN also advocates on behalf of BME solicitors and aspiring lawyers. This includes responding to consultations and seeking views through our focus groups. If you would like to participate in these initiatives please contact

Remember to follow us on Twitter @BSNOfficial for the latest updates on all of the above!

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