These practice notes represent our view of good practice for small firms and sole practitioners. Following this advice will make it easier to account to oversight bodies for your actions.
This practice note provides details on alternative business structures.
The Law Society's anti-money laundering practice note covers all aspects of the regulations and your obligations
Practice information for solicitors whose clients include businesses incorporated as companies (public, private, or limited by guarantee) or who are themselves incorporated.
This practice note outlines the essentials of business continuity management for solicitors and contains links to further help.
This practice note provides examples of how you can communicate all of the information required to your clients in a clear and effective manner.
This practice note outlines the regulatory requirements for solicitors to consider when closing down your practice.
The Legal Services Act 2007 requires that a head of legal practice and head of finance and administration are appointed in each ABS. The roles are termed compliance officer for legal practice and compliance officer for finance and administration.
An overview of conflict of interests in the SRA's new Handbook. This information on conflict of interests looks very different to that provided in the 2007 Code and, in line with outcomes-focused regulation, there is much less information and guidanc
This practice note concerns the particular way in which criminal defence solicitors need to consider the avoidance of conflicts of interest when considering whether it is appropriate to act for more than one suspect or defendant.
This practice note gives suggestions on good practice in light of the R (on the application of Mercury Tax Group and another) v HMRC  EWHC 2721 ( Mercury) case and suggests different options for virtual signings/closings.
Solicitors are well placed to identify possible or actual financial abuse in the context of particular retainers. You have a responsibility to prevent or take action to protect clients being financially abused.
This practice note provides an overview of firm based regulation for solicitors.
This practice note offers advice on that right and suggests forms of flexible working that practices may wish to consider.
Properties at risk of flooding are likely to be more difficult to mortgage, insure, and sell. This practice note provides information to help your clients investigate the terms on which buildings insurance cover, including flood risk, is available.
There are several reasons why good complaints management is essential for a practice wanting to remain competitive, including chapter 1 of the Solicitors Code of Conduct.
This practice note details how firms can act if their participating insurer becomes insolvent.
Declaring beneficial interests at the outset of a joint ownership transaction provides clarity about the parties' intentions and may help to avoid disputes in the future.
This practice note assists solicitors in advising clients wishing to draw up an LPA, as well as solicitors who are acting as an attorney under an LPA. It also covers ongoing arrangements for Enduring Powers of Attorney.
This practice note provides details on the changes relating to legal disciplinary practices.
This practice note highlights the warning signs of mortgage fraud. It highlights the latest criminal methodologies and outlines how you can protect yourself and your firm from being used to commit mortgage fraud.
This practice note is designed to give firms an overview of outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) and issues for consideration.
Outsourcing is a growing area in legal service delivery. This practice note gives an overview of outsourcing and the regulatory requirements you need to consider.
This practice note describes PII requirements in the current market and details how you should apply, alongside related issues.
As solicitors you should continually think about the importance of protecting and maintaining your, and your practice's, reputation. This increasingly includes the recognition that any presence online plays a significant part in shaping that reputati
This practice note advises on a new EU services directive that obliges solicitors to provide clients with information on their services over and above the requirements set out in the SRA Handbook.
Advice on responding to law enforcement agencies seeking access to client files to investigate financial crime.
This practice note outlines the regulatory requirements to consider when setting up your practice.
This practice note explains the procedure behind offering unbundled - partial retainer - legal services to clients, and offers advice for avoiding some of the risks involved.
This practice note aims to clarify the position relating to the management of unclaimed client funds, and provides an overview of the requirements imposed upon firms under the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 (SAR).
During the course of a criminal case, you may have to arrange a language or sign language interpreter for your client. This practice note advises practitioners on the use of interpreters pre-trial in the police station and in court.
This practice note seeks to clarify the position relating to the circumstances in which you must provide documents or attend an interview during an SRA investigation, and your rights therein.
This practice note provides advice on charging the correct rate of VAT on the services you make both before or after 4 January 2011 and how to deal with those services that you started before but completed after the rate change.
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