Information on costs—SRA 2011 regime and SRA 2019 regime compared
Information on costs—SRA 2011 regime and SRA 2019 regime compared

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

  • Information on costs—SRA 2011 regime and SRA 2019 regime compared
  • Information on costs at the outset

This Practice Note contrasts the requirements in the SRA’s 2011 and 2019 regimes in relation to introductions and instructions to third parties. For more detailed guidance on the SRA’s 2019 requirements on costs information, see Practice Note: Information on costs—law firms—2019.

The requirements in the 2019 Codes represent the bare bones of those in the 2011 Code as shown in the tables below. You will see, however, that the pared-down requirements in the 2019 Codes do not signify a relaxation of the SRA’s expectations. Generally, the omitted items in the Codes can be mapped across to one or more obligation in the SRA Principles 2019 or another obligation in the Codes.

Information on costs at the outset

2011 Code of Conduct2019 Codes of Conduct
Clients receive the best possible information, both at the time of engagement and when appropriate as their matter progresses, about the likely overall cost of their matter.
O(1.13)
Ensure clients receive the best possible information about:
—how their matter will be priced, and
—the likely overall cost of the matter and any costs incurred—at the time of engagement and when appropriate as their matter progresses
This represents an extension of the requirements in the

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