This practice note is the Law Society's view of good practice in this area. It is not legal advice.
Practice notes are issued by the Law Society for the use and benefit of its members. They represent the Law Society's view of good practice in a particular area. They are not intended to be the only standard of good practice that solicitors can follow. You are not required to follow them, but doing so will make it easier to account to oversight bodies for your actions.
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The following sections of the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) Handbook and the SRA Code apply:
- Principle 1: You must uphold the rule of law and the administration of justice
- Principle 3: You must not allow your independence to be compromised
- Principle 4: You must act in the best interests of each client
- Principle 5: You must provide a proper standard of service to your clients.
There are 10 mandatory principles that apply to everyone the SRA regulates and to all aspects of practice. The principles can be found in the SRA Handbook.When thinking about how to fulfil principles 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the SRA Handbook, you must consider the principles which apply across the handbook, including the SRA Code. You should always bear the 10 principles in mind and use them as your starting point.