This is foreign lawyer (other than a European lawyer) registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority under the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.
Once registered, the RFL can practise as an employee of a sole practitioner or as a manager, employee, member or interest holder of an authorised legal services firm which is regulated by the SRA or another approved regulator.
The authority'>Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) operates a registration regime for foreign lawyers. Once registered, a registered foreign lawyer (RFL) is able to become a manager or owner of a law firm with solicitor managers/owners. The SRA Authorisation of Individuals Regulations set out the SRA’s requirements for registration as an RFL. The SRA has also published ethics guidance for RFLs on their obligations.This Practice Note sets out the registration regime for foreign lawyers working in SRA-regulated law firms as RFLs, why registration may be required and how to go about getting registered. It also sets out the continuing obligations for RFLs and the implications for firms working with RFLs. Swiss lawyers may be eligible to register as registered European lawyers (RELs)—see further Practice Note: Working with European lawyers—the Registered European Lawyer (REL) regime.For a checklist of issues to consider when applying for registration as, or working with an RFL, see: Registered Foreign Lawyer (RFL)—Checklist.Becoming a Registered Foreign LawyerWhen a foreign lawyer needs to register as a Registered Foreign LawyerIt is not always necessary for a foreign lawyer to register as an RFL. An SRA-regulated firm or in-house employer may employ a foreign lawyer without them needing to be registered as an RFL, subject to the restrictions on practice below.However, a foreign lawyer who wants to become a manager
At 11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020, the Brexit transition/implementation period, entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, came to an end. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes began to take effect across the UK’s legal regime.Prior to IP completion day, the Establishment of Lawyers Directive 98/5/EC (Establishment Directive) gave members of certain legal professions in the EU, EEA and Switzerland the right to practise in the UK on a permanent basis, subject to registration with one of the UK’s legal regulatory bodies. In England and Wales, the relevant regulatory bodies were the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB). Separate arrangements were in place for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Lawyers registered under this regime were known as Registered European Lawyers or RELs.Since IP completion day, the REL regime has largely fallen away. On 1 January 2021, the SRA arranged for all SRA-regulated RELs who had not opted out of the process automatically to become registered foreign lawyers or RFLs. The one exception to this is for certain Swiss lawyers. Under separate arrangements put in place in the UK-Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement, Swiss lawyers, within scope, who have registered in the UK as a
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Publicity policy 2019—law firms 1 Introduction 1.1 Publicity in relation to our firm or any other business must be accurate and not misleading or likely to diminish the trust the public places in solicitors and the legal profession. All publicity material issued by or on behalf of [insert firm’s name] must comply with the SRA Standards and Regulations, the data protection and electronic marketing regime and other legal and regulatory obligations. 1.2 This publicity policy sets out requirements relating to publicity and information on how we will comply with those requirements. It applies to all individuals working at all levels, including partners, consultants, solicitors, other employees (whether permanent, fixed-term or temporary), contractors, trainees, seconded staff, home-workers, casual staff, agency staff, interns and students, agents, sponsors, volunteers or any other person associated with the firm wherever located (collectively referred to as ‘staff’ in this policy). 2 What is publicity? 2.1 Publicity includes, but is not limited to: 2.1.1 all promotional material and activity, including the name or description of the firm; 2.1.2 stationery; 2.1.3 advertisements; 2.1.4 brochures; 2.1.5 websites; 2.1.6 directory entries; 2.1.7 media appearances; 2.1.8 promotional press releases (but not press releases prepared on behalf of a client); 2.1.9 direct approaches to potential clients and other persons, whether in person, in writing, or in electronic form; 2.1.10 online material and social media postings emanating from or on behalf of this firm. 3 General requirements 3.1 We must comply with all requirements in
Letter to reporting accountant—law firms 2011 [Archived] In accordance with rule 35 of the authority'>Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Accounts Rules 2011, you are instructed as follows: (a) [I OR This firm OR This company OR This limited liability partnership] recognise[s] that, if during the course of preparing an accountant's report: (i) you discover evidence of fraud or theft in relation to money: (A) held by a solicitor (or registered European lawyer, or registered foreign lawyer, or recognised body, or licensed body, or employee of a solicitor or registered European lawyer, or manager or employee of a recognised body or licensed body) for a client or any other person (including money held on trust), or (B) held in an account of a client, or an account of another person, which is operated by a solicitor (or registered European lawyer, registered foreign lawyer, recognised body, licensed body, employee of a solicitor or registered European lawyer, or manager or employee of a recognised body or licensed body), or (ii) you obtain information which you have reasonable cause to believe is likely to be of material significance in determining whether a solicitor (or registered European lawyer, or registered foreign lawyer, or recognised body, or licensed body, or employee of a solicitor or registered European lawyer, or
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14 Acceptance of instructionsA solicitor is generally free to decide whether to accept or reject instructions from any particular client; however, instructions may not be declined on grounds that would be discriminatory and so contrary to the SRA Codes of Conduct (for Individuals and Firms) 20191. A solicitor would also be in breach of the 2019 Codes if they were to take on work that they were not competent to undertake2. So far as the acceptance of instructions is concerned, the firm must be in receipt of instructions from the ‘client or someone properly authorised to provide instructions on
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419. Registration of foreign lawyers. The Solicitors Regulation Authority ('SRA')1 must maintain a register of foreign lawyers2 containing certain information3. A foreign lawyer wishing to be registered must apply to the SRA4 in the form, and accompanied by the fee, prescribed by the SRA5. Where the application is duly made by a foreign lawyer the SRA may register the applicant if it is satisfied that the legal profession of which the applicant is a member is one which is so regulated as to make it appropriate for members of that profession to be managers of recognised bodies6.
444. Registered foreign lawyers' framework of practice. A registered foreign lawyer1 may only undertake advocacy in chambers in England and Wales under instructions given by a person who is authorised to do so and prepare certain legal documents under the direction and supervision of a person qualified to supervise2. A registered foreign lawyer may undertake immigration work, carry on regulated claims management activities and regulated financial services activities3.
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