Separate business and unbundling legal services—SRA 2011 regime and SRA 2019 regime compared
Separate business and unbundling legal services—SRA 2011 regime and SRA 2019 regime compared

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

  • Separate business and unbundling legal services—SRA 2011 regime and SRA 2019 regime compared
  • Services provided by separate business
  • Solicitors practising within separate business
  • Regulatory status and protections
  • Referring and dividing work with a separate business

This Practice Note contrasts the requirements in the SRA’s 2011 and 2019 regimes in relation to separate business and unbundling legal services. For more detailed guidance on the SRA’s 2019 separate business regime, see Practice Note: Separate business and unbundling legal services 2019.

A separate business is one that is not authorised by the SRA (or another legal regulator), which a solicitor or law firm owns, controls, actively participates in or is connected with. A non-regulated business that owns a law firm is also a separate business. For more guidance, see Practice Note: Separate business and unbundling legal services 2019—What is a separate business?

The tables shows the requirements of the 2011 Code thematically, rather than numerically.

Services provided by separate business

2011 Code 2019 Code
The separate business must not carry on:
—reserved legal activities, or
—immigration work unless that work is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
O(12.3)
Not needed (this was simply a restatement of primary law, eg the Legal Services Act 2007)

Solicitors practising within separate business