The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regime 2019 for family lawyers
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regime 2019 for family lawyers

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regime 2019 for family lawyers
  • SRA 2011 regulatory regime
  • SRA 2019 regulatory regime
  • SRA Standards and Regulations 2019
  • SRA Principles
  • SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors 2019
  • SRA Code of Conduct for Firms 2019
  • SRA Accounts Rules
  • SRA guidance

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. Family 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. In addition to signposting to the relevant parts of the SRA regime 2019, this Practice Note explains the key concepts of the SRA regime 2019.

For practical guidance on areas where the SRA regime is particularly pertinent, see Practice Notes:

  1. Client care—family law

  2. Taking initial instructions from family clients

  3. Conflicts of interest—family law

  4. Funding—charging for family law services

SRA 2011 regulatory regime

The SRA is the independent regulatory arm of the Law Society. It regulates the solicitors’ profession in England and Wales, both individuals and entities providing legal services. The SRA’s purpose is to ensure that consumers receive a good service and the rule of law is upheld.

The SRA Handbook 2011 introduced the concept of outcomes-focused regulation to the solicitors’ profession. As well as being risk-based, SRA regulation was focused on the outcomes its regulated community were to achieve for the benefit of clients and the public interest. The overarching SRA Principles 2011 were supported by the SRA Code of Conduct 2011 consisting of:

  1. mandatory outcomes,

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