The final proposals for QASA are beginning to take shape but the LCCSA has written to its members today to make them aware of two issues.
The BSB has commissioned ORC International to undertake research which will involve them asking solicitors and other practitioners to participate in either an online or telephone questionnaire purportedly designed to gather information on perceptions of the standards of advocacy in the criminal courts.
QASA is meant to be a joint project between the various regulators, but the SRA and other stakeholders have not been consulted on this survey, which appears to be a unilateral initiative of the BSB.
Due to recent unfortunate public utterances emanating from the BSB and a clear perception of their pre-judgment, the LCCSA recommends that its members do not take part this survey.
The SRA will shortly be launching its own round of consultation on proposals for the design of the QASA Scheme, and the LCCSA shares the view of other practitioner organisations such as SAHCA and the CLSA that the SRA's consultation is where all solicitors should be focusing their attention.