SRA reintroduce fee to stay on the roll for lawyers without a practising certificate

If you don't have a practising certificate, you will need to pay a small fee to remain on the roll. Apply to the SRA by 28 May.

Due to changes in the law on how personal data is handled and kept up to date, from today, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are reintroducing the requirement for solicitors without a practising certificate to apply to remain on the roll, for a small fee.

If you don’t make an application and pay the fee, you will be removed from the roll.

Without a practising certificate, staying on the roll is the only way to maintain your membership to the Law Society.

If you’re a solicitor working under Section 88 of the Solicitors Act 1974, you must apply to remain on the roll.

Section 88 allows solicitors to work in a public department without the requirement to have a practising certificate, as long as you are on the roll.

The Law Society is where solicitors connect, thrive, and belong. We are here to support you to provide the best possible service at every stage of your career, from qualification through to retirement. 

By applying to stay on the roll, you can continue to make the most of our trusted resources, support services, training, and events, and grow your connections further by joining one or more of our networks, related to your specialism, interests, or characteristics. 

As well as retaining your membership with us, without a practising certificate, you can only call yourself a solicitor if you remain on the roll.

Make your application with the SRA by 28 May.

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