This practice note is our view of good practice in this area. It is not legal advice.
We issue practice notes for the use and benefit of our members.
They are not intended to be the only standard of good practice that you can follow. You are not required to follow them but doing so will make it easier to account to oversight bodies for your actions.
Practice notes are not legal advice, nor do they necessarily provide a defence to complaints of misconduct or of inadequate professional service. While care has been taken to ensure that they are accurate, up to date and useful, the Law Society will not accept any legal liability in relation to them.
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SRA Standards and Regulations
On 25 November 2019, the SRA introduced the SRA Standards and Regulations 2019. These replaced the SRA Handbook (2011).
These materials are regularly being updated so you should check them frequently.
There are seven mandatory principles which apply to all those the SRA regulates and to all aspects of practice.
The SRA Principles comprise the fundamental tenets of ethical behaviour that the SRA expects all those that they regulate to uphold. This includes all individuals they authorise to provide legal services as well as authorised firms and their managers and employees. For licensed bodies, these apply to individuals, and the part of the body (where applicable), involved in delivering the services the SRA regulates.