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SRA director of policy and education to leave ahead of super-exam roll out

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Crispin Passmore to go at the end of the year, regulator confirms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has confirmed its executive director of policy and education is leaving. News of Crispin Passmore’s impending departure comes as the regulator continues to put plans in place to launch a new independent centralised assessment for all would-be solicitors.

In a statement on its website, the SRA confirmed Passmore will leave at the end of the year. Richard Collins, director of strategy and resources, will now lead on education and policy, while Robert Loughlin, executive director of operations and quality, will oversee enforcement work.

Paul Philip, the chief executive officer of the SRA, said: “Over the last five years, Crispin has played an invaluable role in making sure we regulate in a way that maintains trust in the profession, while helping create a modern, open legal market that benefits the public.” Philip added:

“I would like to thank Crispin for all his work, particularly helping shape our reform programme. As we move onto the implementation phase of these reforms, I wish him all the best with his decision to seek a new challenge.”

Passmore, who joined the SRA in 2014 following a spell at the Legal Services Board (LSB), has been a strong proponent of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). The outgoing director has said creating a centralised assessment, where every student sits the same exam set by the same assessor, would create a fairer playing field for law firms to select future trainees.

The SRA announced earlier this summer that it had selected education giant Kaplan to develop and deliver the SQE on an eight-year deal. The new exam format is set to come into force in September 2020 — long after Passmore’s departure.

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5 Comments

Anonymous

So he causes chaos with his grand super exam idea and then he disappears when the practical reality of it needs to be delivered.

Like David Cameron with Brexit.

Anonymous

I think Cameron was in an untenable position regardless – party politics ruled the day, remember that. Don’t be a fool just pin in on Cameron, you’re letting the real culprits get away with it, Brexit happened because the Tory party hates itself and Cameron’s hand was ultimately forced into allowing a 50/50 referendum.

Anonymous

David Cameron spent a decade in opposition repeatedly demanding a referendum on EU membership during PMQs on Wednesdays with Tony Blair – he was the classic tory eurosceptic, his views were indivisible from Nigel Farage. David Camerons hand was never “forced into allowing a 50/50 referendum”.

Anonymous

“Can someone bury this body I’ve just killed? Bye.”

Anonymous

Yo Crispin

Thanks for fcking up another generation of students as guinea pigs for a rubbish new exam

On to another QUANGO job now then

GIRFUY

*middle finger*

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