SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLs—for in-house lawyers
SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLs—for in-house lawyers

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

  • SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLs—for in-house lawyers
  • SRA Principles
  • Structure and form of the Code for Solicitors
  • Maintaining trust and acting fairly
  • Dispute resolution and proceedings before courts, tribunals and inquiries
  • Service and competence
  • Client money and assets
  • Referrals, introductions and separate businesses
  • Other business requirements
  • Conflict of interests
  • more

This Practice Note provides guidance for in-house solicitors on the SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLs, contained in the SRA Standards and Regulations, in force from 25 November 2019. The SRA Standards and Regulations include two Codes of Conduct—a Code for Solicitors and a Code for Firms. All individual solicitors, registered European lawyers (RELs) and registered foreign lawyers (RFLs) authorised by the SRA must comply with the Code for Solicitors, irrespective of where and how they work. There are no specific provisions for in-house practice—the whole Code for Solicitors applies to in-house solicitors (although one part applies only when providing services to the public, which in-house lawyers are permitted to do in certain, limited circumstances—see below: When you are providing services to the public or a section of the public).

This Practice Note explains how the Code for Solicitors is structured, how it applies in the context of in-house practice and the potential consequences of breach.

References in this Practice Note to ‘in-house solicitors’ includes RELs and RFLs.

For more guidance on the SRA’s 2019 regulatory regime, see Practice Notes:

  1. SRA regulatory regime—from 2019

  2. SRA Standards and Regulations 2019—in-house lawyers

  3. Reporting breaches to the SRA—in-house lawyers

SRA Principles

The Code for Solicitors should be read in the context of the SRA Principles, which set out the ethical standards expected