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SRA Standards and Regulations

November 2019 Edition
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Availability: Published

The SRA Standards and Regulations replaced the SRA Handbook in November 2019. They set out the requirements that solicitors are expected to adhere to when practising, working with clients and in the public interest.

Key changes compared with the previous Handbook include the division of the single Code of Conduct into one for individuals and one for entities and the removal of restrictions on where solicitors can practise.

This text is essential reading for all solicitors to ensure that they are complying with the rules set down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

It contains the full text of the Standards and Regulations, including:

  • SRA Principles,
  • SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLs,
  • SRA Code of Conduct for Firms,
  • SRA Accounts Rules,
  • SRA Application, Notice, Review and Appeal Rules,
  • SRA Assessment of Character and Suitability Rules,
  • SRA Authorisation of Firms Rules,
  • SRA Authorisation of Individuals Regulations,
  • SRA Education, Training and Assessment Provider Regulations,
  • SRA Financial Services (Scope) Rules,
  • SRA Financial Services (Conduct of Business) Rules,
  • SRA Overseas and Cross-border Practice Rules,
  • SRA Transparency Rules, and
  • Glossary.

Also included is the SRA’s Enforcement Strategy, which underpins the new rules.




Regulation and compliance


January 2020


The Law Society




256 Pages