Employment of Ex-Offenders

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Dear Solicitors Regulation Authority,

I respectfully request that you supply me with the following information in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

1. What is the current policy for SRA in relation to employing ex-offenders?

2. In the last three years how many ex-offenders have been employed by SRA, What offences were concerned and what posts were they placed into?

3. What factors are taken into consideration when considering an ex-offender for a position within SRA.

I look forward to hear from you soon in relation to my request.

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

Joao Curro,

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Dear Mr Parnell

 

Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/1468

 

Thank you for your email dated 04 September 2015 requesting information. I
am treating this as an information request under the Law Society Freedom
of Information Code of Practice ("the Code").

 

You have requested access to the following information:

 

 

“1. What is the current policy for SRA in relation to employing
ex-offenders?

 

2. In the last three years how many ex-offenders have been employed by
SRA, What offences were concerned and what posts were they placed into?

 

3. What factors are taken into consideration when considering an
ex-offender for a position within SRA.”

 

 

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (‘SRA’) is a part of the Law Society
but acts independently in carrying out its regulatory functions. The Law
Society is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act (the FOIA) as it
is not a designated authority, but has adopted its own voluntary Code of
Practice which closely reflects the FOIA. The Code may be found at:

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The Code applies to all information held by the Society, including the
SRA, and the Information Compliance Team deals with all requests received
under the Code.

 

I am currently dealing with your request. Bob Stanley, Information
Compliance Manager, will aim to respond formally by 05 October 2015 which
is 20 working days from the receipt of your request.

 

Your sincerely

 

Joao Curro

Information Compliance Officer

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

t: 020 7242 1222 (Ext 4539)

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Dear Mr Parnell

 

Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/1468

 

Further to my colleague Joao Curro’s email of 07 September 2015, please
find below the response to your information request under the Law
Society’s Freedom of Information Code of Practice ("the Code").

 

You have requested access to the following information:

 

 

1.     What is the current policy for SRA in relation to employing
ex-offenders?

 

The SRA complies in full with the provisions of the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974.  The Recruitment and Selection policy outlines the
requirement - as part of the pre-employment checks that the organisation
carries out – for successful candidates to, amongst other pre employment
requirements, complete a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
check.

 

 

2.     In the last three years how many ex-offenders have been employed by
SRA, What offences were concerned and what posts were they placed into?

 

There is no record of a criminal record being declared by any employee of
the SRA in the last 3 years.

 

 

3. What factors are taken into consideration when considering an
ex-offender for a position within SRA.

 

The requirements and responsibilities of the role; the nature of the
offence; the date the offence was committed.  Please note that the SRA
complies with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions Order) 1975.

 

 

 

I hope this information is of use.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Bob Stanley
Information Compliance Manager
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
t: 020 7242 1222 (x4117)
f: 020 7320 5685

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