Separate businesses: SRA examples 2011 [Archived]
Separate businesses: SRA examples 2011 [Archived]

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

  • Separate businesses: SRA examples 2011 [Archived]
  • Ensuring you can act independently
  • Transparency: estate agency
  • Transparency: probate services
  • Transparency: car hire
  • Allowing a matter to be divided

From 1 November 2015, the separate business rules changed fundamentally in an attempt to level the playing field between alternative business structure(ABS) firms and solicitor-owned firms.

This includes fundamental changes to:

  1. which legal services can be provided via a non Solicitors Regulation Authority(SRA)-regulated separate business—pretty much anything apart from immigration and reserved legal activities

  2. the type of services you can offer from your SRA regulated practice—a variety of non-legal services have been added

Chapter 12 of the SRA Code of Conduct must be read in conjunction with SRA Ethics guidance—the separate business rule (SBR), 21 October 2015, which includes a number of sample scenarios, which have been consolidated in this Practice Note.

Ensuring you can act independently

Where you represent the client in litigation you, should have conduct of the litigation, not the separate business.