Ex-SRA policy chief launches business to help law firms decipher super-exam shake-up

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Crispin Passmore quit regulator last month

Crispin Passmore

The Solicitor Regulation Authority’s (SRA) former director of policy, Crispin Passmore, has launched a new consultancy business to help law firms navigate the very reforms to legal education he helped shape.

In December, Legal Cheek reported Passmore was bidding a bon voyage to the regulator after five years. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, given that the SRA is in the midsts of one of biggest overhauls to legal education ever, namely the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE).

Now it’s emerged that the regulator’s former policy guru has launched Passmore Consulting, a business designed to help law firms get to grips with, among other things, the SQE (otherwise known as the super-exam).

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Claiming that the new exam format presents huge opportunities for law firms to rethink their approach to recruitment, training and development, Passmore’s website trumpets: “Invite me to facilitate and support you in working out what this means for your business, whether it is regulated or unregulated, and make sure you take advantage of the opportunities ahead.”

Elsewhere on the site, Passmore explains how he “led the reform programme at the SRA” and warns firms to rethink their “education and training programme now”. Other areas of expertise promoted by Passmore include “legal business strategy”, “regulatory investigations” and “risk management”.

News of the Passmore’s constancy venture comes after the regulator announced a revised launch date for the SQE of September 2021 — a year later than previously proposed. This following “strong” feedback from law firms and education providers.

At the same time, the reuglator revealed it could cost wannabe lawyers between £3,000 and £4,500 to complete the assessment, but stressed the final figures could fall outside this range. It’s worth noting that these costs focus on the examination itself and do not include preparation course fees which are likely to add thousands onto the final training bill.

Passmore declined to comment.

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Legal Cheek, I get it. I really do. It’s fun to hate on the SRA, it really is. And one can’t deny that it gets lots of comments.

But as fun as it is to hate on the SRA, it just doesn’t get me anywhere near as riled up as hating on diversity. Can you please, PLEASE re-hire KK and publish some doe-eyed diversity articles which implicitly assume correlation implies causation. These SRA articles just aren’t the same.



‘hate on’? Where are you from?



Surely that’s a made-up name…



‘Passmore’ was Widgery’s middle name. Read into that what you will.



Not really a surprising career move.



It’s like setting fire to your car and trying to claim insurance. This guy should be deregulated into non-existence.



Lol this is true what a hypocrite



Establishes if-not-impenetrable-still-not-terribly-clear regime then instead of acting within the regulator to better explain and regulate it, goes private for £££.

Bit of a nerve. But I suppose it is creating an opportunity for one’s self, and then seizing it.


A non-knee mouse

A good career move. The SRA are as bad as traffic wardens and mobile speed camera police.



Mr Passmore is astonishing. He put together the SRA’s latest crazy PII proposals which included not replacing SIF (thus ensuring clients of closed firms have no practical redress for negligence), changes legal training and then leaves. I think that he hopes that by doing so he will avoid the flak when it all goes wrong. Some hope.



Passmore has been at the forefront of every bad decision the SRA has made. Now he is trying to profit of it as well?


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