File closure management

This practice note sets out good practice for managing file closure at the termination of a matter and the need to manage risks inherent in the mismanagement of file administration.

The SRA Standards and Regulations 2019 replaced the SRA Handbook (2011) from 25 November 2019.

This practice note is relevant to all law firms and sole practitioners authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

It’s also relevant to individual solicitors, registered European lawyers (RELs) and registered foreign lawyers (RFLs), wherever they practise.

This practice note is the Law Society’s view of good practice in this area, and is not legal advice. For more information see the legal status.