Resources for sole practitioners

Sole practitioners face specific challenges. This guide aims to bring together the Law Society’s and the SRA’s support and information for sole practitioners, to give you easy access to useful information in one place.

Authorisation of a sole practitioner

SRA guidance on firm-based authorisation

SRA guidance on preparing to become a sole practitioner or an SRA-regulated freelance solicitor

SRA - apply for authorisation of a new firm

SRA Authorisation of Individuals Regulations


SRA information for small firms

Sole practitioners and small firms regulatory starter pack (SRA)

SRA Standards and Regulations

SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLs

Practice notes

The following practice notes provide advice in key areas for sole practitioners:

Client information requirements

Closing down your practice: regulatory requirements

Compliance officers

Lasting powers of attorney

Provision of Services Regulations 2009

Practice Advice Service

Our Practice Advice Service offers free and confidential support on legal practice and procedure to Law Society members and their staff.

Call: 020 7320 5675


Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

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