Referral and fee sharing arrangements 2019

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

  • Referral and fee sharing arrangements 2019
  • Comparison to the 2011 Code
  • SRA Principles
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Definitions
  • Referral
  • Introducer
  • Referral fee
  • Referral or fee sharing arrangement
  • Referral or fee sharing overlap
  • More...

Referral and fee sharing arrangements 2019

This Practice Note reflects requirements in the SRA Codes of Conduct 2019 (2019 Codes) in relation to referral and fee sharing arrangements, in force from 25 November 2019.

The SRA's core regulatory requirements in relation to referral and fee sharing arrangements are found in the two Codes of Conduct (the SRA Code for Solicitors 2019 and the SRA Code for Firms 2019), which should be read in the context of the SRA Principles 2019 (2019 Principles).

This Practice Note also reflects SRA guidance (which relates almost exclusively to personal injury referral fees).

This Practice Note deals with situations where a third party refers clients to you and/or you enter into a fee sharing agreement with a third party. There is a separate Practice Note for situations where you introduce clients to third parties—see Practice Note: Introductions to third parties 2019.

Comparison to the 2011 Code

The requirements in the 2019 Codes represent the bare bones of those in the 2011 Code.

You should not, however, assume that the pared-down requirements in the 2019 Codes represent a relaxation of the SRA’s expectations on referral and fee sharing. Generally, the omitted items can be mapped across to one or more obligation in the 2019 Principles.

For a detailed comparison of the 2011 and 2019 Codes, see Practice Note: Referral and fee sharing—SRA 2011 regime and SRA 2019 regime

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