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There are seven mandatory principles which apply to all those the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates and to all aspects of practice. The principles can be found in the SRA Standards and Regulations.
The principles apply to solicitors or managers of authorised bodies, as well as independent solicitors, those working in unregulated entities and those practising from an office outside the UK. They also apply if you’re a lawyer-controlled body practising from an office outside the UK.
The SRA Overseas Rules and Cross-border Practice Rules apply to regulated individuals practicing overseas and to responsible authorised bodies.