Costs information obligations prior to the 2011 Solicitors Code of Conduct [Archived]
Costs information obligations prior to the 2011 Solicitors Code of Conduct [Archived]

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

  • Costs information obligations prior to the 2011 Solicitors Code of Conduct [Archived]
  • Why is the position pre 6 October 2011 relevant in my case?
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements—1 July 2007 to 5 October 2011
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements—1999 until 30 June 2007

Archived: This Practice Note is based on rules in force until 5 October 2011. It is therefore for historical purposes only.

Why is the position pre 6 October 2011 relevant in my case?

For practitioners who entered into retainers, funding arrangements etc with clients on or after 6 October 2011 the information required to be given to your client in such circumstances is governed (at least in part) by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Code of Conduct which came into force on 6 October 2011 (the 2011 Code).

The 2011 Code is not retrospective. Therefore, if you have entered into a retainer, fee arrangement etc prior to 6 October 2011 the old SRA Code which came into force on 1 July 2007 (the 2007 Code) and the Solicitors Information and Client Code 1999 (the 1999 Code) may be relevant if there is a challenge as to what information you were required to provide to your client under each code as it applied in the relevant period.

This Practice Note summarises the general costs information requirements applicable prior to the 2011 Code.

Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements—1 July 2007 to 5 October 2011

Own client costs information

Where your retainer with your client pre-dates 6 October 2011 then you should already have complied with the then current code of conduct requirements as