Practice notes are issued by the Law Society for the use and benefit of our members. They represent our view of good practice in a particular area. They’re not intended to be the only standard of good practice that solicitors can follow. You’re 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’re accurate, up to date and useful, the Law Society will not accept any legal liability in relation to them.
This practice note contains references to the Establishment of Lawyers Directive 98/5/EC (Establishment Directive) and other legislation relevant to the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union (EU).
The position in relation to the potential departure of the United Kingdom from the EU and the impact this may have on relevant legislation is yet unclear. See our information on Brexit and the SRA’s Brexit guidance for more information on this issue.
For queries or comments on this practice note, contact our Practice Advice Service.
There are seven core principles which the SRA says “comprise the fundamental tenets of ethical behavior” it expects all those it regulates to uphold.
The key principles relating to the information you need to provide about you and your firm on your letterhead, website and emails are as follows:
- Principle 2 – you act in a way that upholds the public trust and confidence in the solicitors’ profession and in the legal services provided by authorised persons
- Principle 3 – you act with independence
- Principle 4 – you act with honesty
- Principle 5 – you act with integrity
- Principle 6 – you act in a way that encourages equality, diversity and inclusion