The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note is impacted by the decision of the UK on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU. This has implications for practitioners considering which courts have jurisdiction to determine a dispute. For guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit and family law.
From 25 November 2019, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations 2019 are in force, replacing the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct 2011. Mandatory outcomes and non-mandatory indicative behaviours are replaced with a more principles-based regulatory scheme.
The key requirements of the SRA Standards and Regulations 2019 include the SRA:
Code of Conduct for Solicitors, registered European lawyers (RELs) and registered foreign lawyers (RFLs) (SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors) 2019
Code of Conduct for Firms 2019
Accounts Rules 2019, and
Practitioners need to be familiar with their professional obligations under the new SRA Principles, SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors and Code of Conduct for Firms which form part of the Standards and Regulations 2019. For further guidance, see Practice Note: The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regime 2019 for family lawyers.
Initial contact with a client is usually by telephone, letter or email. Anyone who takes initial inquiries from prospective clients should be adequately trained as initial impressions are crucial. There should be
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