What is it with law and portals?
From the Lawyer 19/09/11:
Lawyers were told earlier this year that to stay on the roll they would need to register between 30 August and 14 October - only then could they submit their applications before the deadline of 8 November.
Complaints were made after the site’s launch was delayed by several days and passwords were rejected.
“It took me 10 days to register,” one lawyer said. “It was a long process and the system just kept coming up with complete gibberish messages. I called the SRA twice and they couldn’t help - they said the deadline wouldn’t be extended.
“The problem is that everyone will leave it until the last minute and then there’ll be a deluge and it will go into meltdown.”
An SRA spokesman said that so far 25,000 solicitors out of 165,000 had registered online and activations have risen to 3,000 per day.
“Implementing [the] mySRA [system] signals a step change in the way regulated individuals and firms will access our services in future,” said the spokesman. “We’d like to apologise to anyone who has experienced difficulties trying to log on to mySRA. Despite extensive testing prior to launch, there have been some initial problems.
Two things immediately strike me from this.
Firstly, mySRA is a horrible name and is worrying close to the killer hospital bug MRSA. Given the atrocity of MySRA that solicitors up and down the country have had to suffer through, I think the name is scarily apt.
Secondly, why is it any portal concerning law or anything legally related turns into a disaster.
Early attempts at the Land Registry portal anyone? And how about the Pupillage Portal for crying out loud. Now MySRA.