Use of investigatory powers

The SRA Handbook (version 21) was replaced by the SRA Standards and Regulations on, and with effect from, 25 November 2019.

This practice note will shortly be updated to reflect the introduction of the SRA Standards and Regulations. Until then, you are advised to check any references in the practice note to the current Handbook against the new Standards and Regulations to ensure that you are aware of the up-to-date position on all issues to which the practice note refers.

The SRA has powers to investigate misconduct, including the power to require solicitors to explain their conduct and to produce documents.

This practice note seeks to clarify the position relating to the circumstances in which you must provide documents or attend an interview, and your rights therein.

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.