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Is an undertaking binding and enforceable if given by a legally unqualified individual on behalf of their law firm?

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Published on LexisPSL on 02/12/2020

The following Practice Compliance Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Is an undertaking binding and enforceable if given by a legally unqualified individual on behalf of their law firm?

Is an undertaking binding and enforceable if given by a legally unqualified individual on behalf of their law firm?

The SRA Code of Conduct for Firms imposes an obligation on the firm to comply with all undertakings given by the firm within an agreed timescale—or if no timescale has been agreed, within a reasonable amount of time. Failure by the firm to comply with an undertaking properly given on its behalf is therefore a matter that can be reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). However, the recipient of the undertaking (and the SRA) will need to be satisfied that the individual giving the undertaking

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