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STOP PRESS: The SRA Standards and Regulations (also known as the ‘StaRs’) are in force from 25 November 2019. They replace the SRA Handbook 2011. Key changes include revised SRA Principles, two new Codes of Conduct (one for solicitors, RELs and RFLs and one for firms), new shorter Accounts Rules and changes to the ways solicitors can practice. The SRA is also in the course of publishing new and revised guidance to accompany the Standards and Regulations. This document is being updated in light of the changes to the SRA’s requirements and guidance. To keep track of changes to our content to reflect the new regime, see Practice Note: SRA reforms 2019—new and updated content.
This Practice Note covers regulatory requirements that are specific to the legal sector in relation to outsourcing.
For guidance on requirements under data protection legislation, see Practice Notes:
Data protection and outsourcing under the GDPR
For guidance on general risk management best practice, see Practice Notes:
Limitation of liability clauses
Step-in rights and other remedies
Outsourcing and TUPE: law firm outsourcing
Whenever you engage in outsourcing activities, you will have to navigate a complex compliance obstacle course. We have attempted to simplify this in Outsourcing compliance lifecycle diagram.
The SRA does not prescribe in detail:
what outsourcing is
what you can and cannot
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