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  • As your professional body we are here to help you access the best help and advice available, whenever and for whatever reason you need it.

    We work with partner organisations to provide support for a wide range of issues.

    Select the relevant heading below for information on support services that can help you. You might need different types of support at different stages.

    You can contact any of the organisations listed for any of the matters below and they will be able to help you or signpost you to the right support.

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  • Disciplinary issues

    If you want independent advice and guidance, you can contact the Solicitors’ Assistance Scheme, offering confidential help and advice for all solicitors in England and Wales and their families. For an initial free consultation, you can email help@thesas.org.uk.

    If you are facing a possible conduct issue, or are subject to an SRA investigation or Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) proceedings and interventions, you can get in touch with the SRA on 0370 606 2555.

    Regulatory issues

    If you need help or advice about regulatory issues, including authorisation processes (new or existing), contact the SRA Ethics helpline on 0370 6062577.

    Practice issues and practice viability

    If you are facing issues relating to your practice or practice viability, including practice and procedure in anti-money laundering, conveyancing, costs, litigation, probate and various other areas of law, you can contact the Law Society's Practice Advice Service on 020 7320 5675 for expert and independent advice.

    The SRA Ethics helpline on 0370 6062577 can also help you with these issues.

    Procedural issues

    If you are faced with any issue relating to your practice management, the roles of compliance officers for legal practice (COLPs) and compliance officers for finance and administration (COFAs), or any other procedural issue, you can call our Practice Advice Service on 020 7320 5675 for expert and independent advice.

    The SRA Ethics helpline on 0370 6062577 can also help you with these issues.

    SRA Handbook

    For help and advice about the SRA Handbook, contact the SRA Ethics helpline on 0370 6062577.

    Workplace issues

    If you are experiencing bullying, harassment, discrimination at work or other types of employment related issues, contact the Law Society's Practice Advice Service on 020 7320 5675 for expert and independent advice.

    LawCare also offers a free and confidential advisory and support service on 0800 279 6888.

    Mental health

    If you are experiencing mental health issues, including stress, anxiety or depression, whether work related or not, you can contact LawCare on 0800 279 6888.

    LawCare is an independent charity offering a free and confidential advisory and support service. It helps lawyers, their staff and their immediate families to deal with mental health problems, such as depression, addiction and related emotional difficulties.

    Employment issues

    If you are experiencing employment issues you can contact the Solicitors' Assistance Scheme, offering free independent and confidential legal advice for all solicitors in England and Wales and their families.

    For an initial free consultation, you can email help@thesas.org.uk.

    Financial hardship

    If you are in serious financial need as a result of illness, accident, redundancy, unemployment or other adversity, SBA The Solicitor's Charity may be able to help by providing grants and interest-free loans (secured), support with career transition and access to advice on welfare benefits and managing personal debt.

    Contact SBA The Solicitor's Charity on 020 8675 6440.

  • Contact details

    LawCare

    LawCare is an independent charity, part funded by the Law Society, offering a free and confidential advisory and support service. This helps lawyers, their staff and their immediate families to deal with health problems, such as depression, addiction and related emotional difficulties.

    Open 9am to 7.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm weekends and bank holidays.

    www.lawcare.org.uk

    0800 279 6888

    Practice Advice Service

    The Law Society's Practice Advice Service offers support and advice on all areas of legal practice and procedure.

    Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

    www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/help-for-solicitors

    020 7320 5675

    Professional ethics helpline

    Run by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the professional ethics helpline gives advice on the SRA Handbook.

    Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

    www.sra.org.uk/contact-us/

    0370 606 2577

    SBA The Solicitors’ Charity

    SBA The Solicitors’ Charity is an independent charity working for solicitors and their families. It helps those who are serious financial need as a result of illness, accident, redundancy or other adversity.

    It provides grants and interest-free loans (secured), support with career transition and access to advice on welfare benefits and managing personal debt.

    www.sba.org.uk/

    020 8675 6440

    Solicitors’ Assistance Scheme

    The Solicitors’ Assistance Scheme offers free confidential help and advice for all solicitors in England and Wales, their families and employees on any problem, whether personal or professional.

    www.thesas.org.uk/

    help@thesas.org.uk