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There are seven mandatory principles which apply to all those the SRA regulates and to all aspects of practice. The principles can be found in the SRA Standards and Regulations.
The principles apply to all authorised individuals (solicitors, RELs and RFLs), authorised firms and their managers and employees. They also apply to individuals and the parts of a licensed body involved in delivering the regulated services.
The following sections of the SRA Standards and Regulations are particularly relevant to this issue:
Principle 2 – You act in a way that upholds public trust and confidence in the solicitors’ profession and in the legal services provided by authorised persons
Principle 5 – You act with integrity