Change of solicitor in family proceedings
Change of solicitor in family proceedings

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Change of solicitor in family proceedings
  • SRA Standards and Regulations 2019
  • Address for service
  • The retainer
  • Terminating a retainer
  • Procedure to change solicitor

This Practice Note considers when a solicitor will be on the court record as acting for a party and the consequences of being on the court record. It also addresses the requirements (including those of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations 2019) for a retainer between solicitor and client, including as to the termination of the retainer, ie what will constitute a good reason and reasonable notice for termination of the retainer and the implications of doing so. It also sets out the steps that should be taken by a party (or their new solicitor) where there is a change of solicitor and when an application to come off the court record will be required if those steps are not taken.

SRA Standards and Regulations 2019

From 25 November 2019, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations 2019 are in force, replacing the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct 2011. Mandatory outcomes and non-mandatory indicative behaviours are replaced with a more principles-based regulatory scheme.

The key requirements of the SRA Standards and Regulations 2019 include the SRA:

  1. Principles

  2. Code of Conduct for Solicitors, registered European lawyers (RELs) and registered foreign lawyers (RFLs) (SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors) 2019

  3. Code of Conduct for Firms 2019

  4. Accounts Rules 2019, and

  5. Glossary

When deciding whether to act or terminate instructions, it