In–house lawyers' guide to the SRA Handbook 2011 [Archived]
In–house lawyers' guide to the SRA Handbook 2011 [Archived]

The following In-House Advisor guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • In–house lawyers' guide to the SRA Handbook 2011 [Archived]
  • Accessing the Handbook and contents
  • SRA Principles 2011
  • SRA Code of Conduct 2011
  • In-house lawyers' obligations under the Handbook
  • Further guidance

This Practice Note provides an overview of the SRA Handbook 2011 (the Handbook), focusing on the obligations imposed on in-house lawyers. For further information about the SRA Handbook see Practice Note: SRA Handbook 2011 [Archived].

The Handbook moves away from a rules-based method of compliance, and adopts an outcomes-based approach, giving solicitors more flexibility around how to best achieve the right outcomes for their clients. This in turn also means that the onus is on solicitors to ensure that the Principles embodied in the Handbook are upheld at all times. For further guidance on outcomes-focused regulation, see Practice Note: What is outcomes-focused regulation? 2011 [Archived]

Accessing the Handbook and contents

The Handbook is available online.

The Handbook is split into a number of different parts—of most relevance to in-house lawyers are the:

  1. SRA Principles 2011

  1. SRA Code of Conduct 2011

  2. SRA Practice Framework Rules 2011

SRA Principles 2011

The SRA Principles are mandatory and all-pervading. You must:

  1. (1) uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice

  2. (2) act with integrity

  3. (3) not allow your independence to be compromised

  4. (4) act in the best interests of each client

  5. (5) provide a proper standard of service to your clients

  6. (6) behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in you and in the provision of legal services