Sources of help for solicitors
Sources of help for solicitors

The following Wills & Probate guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Sources of help for solicitors
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Legal Ombudsman
  • The Court
  • Official Solicitor
  • Court of Protection
  • Probate registries and sub-registries
  • The Law Society
  • Counsel's opinion
  • Institute of Legacy Management
  • more

Solicitors Regulation Authority

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is the independent regulatory body of the Law Society of England and Wales. The SRA provides information, advice and support to help solicitors comply with professional standards. Its contact centre can help with queries: telephone 0870 606 2555 (open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday) or write to Solicitors Regulation Authority, Ipsley Court, Berrington Close, Redditch, B98 0TD or DX 19114 Redditch.

More information can be found on the SRA website.

The SRA has a professional ethics helpline, open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, manned by trained advisors who are able to provide advice on the Code of Conduct: telephone 0870 606 2577. Solicitors may choose to write to the Professional Ethics Guidance Team for advice.

The SRA Update e-newsletter provides solicitors with the latest information about the work of the SRA. To subscribe email operations at the SRA and ask to have your current email address noted. No other action is required.

The Practice Standards Unit monitors compliance and delivers talks to groups or firms. The PSU may decide to provide more direct information to help with compliance by visiting a firm.

Legal Ombudsman

The Legal Ombudsman has formal powers to resolve complaints about lawyers. The Legal Ombudsman provides information for lawyers, eg answers to frequently asked

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