Changes to our personal injury referral and fee sharing documents
Changes to our personal injury referral and fee sharing documents

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

  • Changes to our personal injury referral and fee sharing documents
  • Changes to final versions of SRA documents
  • Changes to our Practice Notes and precedents

In early 2013, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) published a consultation document on the ban on referral fees in personal injury (PI) cases. This consultation document included draft:

  1. changes to the SRA Code of Conduct

  2. Guidance on how the SRA would interpret the ban in practice

  3. Enforcement strategy

The draft Code and guidance were reflected in various new Practice Notes and precedents in our Receiving referrals and sharing your fees—overview. These Practice Notes and precedents were published in February 2013, to help firms get ready for the PI referral fee ban.

Changes to final versions of SRA documents

The final versions of the Code of Conduct, Guidance and Enforcement strategy were published on 1 April 2013—the day they came into force. There are a number of changes from the draft versions as set out below.SRA Code of Conduct 2011SRA guidance: The prohibition of referral fees in LASPO Sections 56-60Supervision and enforcement strategy for the ban on referral fees

Change to Code of Conduct

The draft versions