This practice note is the Law Society's view of good practice in this area. It is not legal advice.
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.
Practice notes are
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complaints of misconduct or of inadequate professional service. While
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The following sections of the SRA Handbook are relevant:
1. Uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice
2. Act with integrity
4. Act in the best interests of each client
5. Provide a proper standard of service to your clients
6. Behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in you and in the provision of legal services
SRA Code of Conduct 2011:
Outcome 1.13, ensuring that clients receive the best possible information about the likely overall cost of their matter.
are ten mandatory principles which apply to all those the SRA regulates
and to all aspects of practice. The principles can be found in the SRA
The principles apply to
solicitors or managers of authorised bodies who are practising from an
office outside the UK. They also apply if you are a lawyer-controlled
body practising from an office outside the UK.