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

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

  • SRA Standards and Regulations 2019—in-house lawyers
  • Accessing the SRA Standards and Regulations
  • Who the Standards and Regulations apply to
  • Contents of the SRA Standards and Regulations
  • Regulatory approach
  • SRA Principles
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Code for Firms
  • SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors
  • SRA Accounts Rules
  • More...

SRA Standards and Regulations 2019—in-house lawyers

The SRA Standards and Regulations set out the standards and requirements that individual solicitors, RELs, RFLs and firms regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are expected to achieve and observe.

This Practice Note explains, from an in-house perspective:

  1. how the SRA Standards and Regulations are structured

  2. who is responsible for compliance with them, and

  3. the potential consequences of breach

Accessing the SRA Standards and Regulations

The Standards and Regulations are available from the SRA website.

Who the Standards and Regulations apply to

Depending on the context of a given provision, the Standards and Regulations apply to:

  1. solicitors, RELs, RFLs

  2. authorised law firms, and

  3. law firms’ managers and employees

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

Not every section of the Standards and Regulations applies to in-house solicitors working in a business that is not regulated by the SRA (or another legal regulator)—see below: Contents of the SRA Standards and Regulations, column ‘Does this section apply to in-house solicitors (working outside an SRA authorised firm)?’.

Contents of the SRA Standards and Regulations

The SRA Standards and Regulations comprise the following sections:

SectionWhat it coversDoes this section apply to in-house solicitors (working outside an SRA authorised firm)?
SRA PrinciplesThe SRA’s ethical standardsYes
SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLsThe professional standards and
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