Firm-based authorisation

Firm-based authorisationAs a firm or sole practitioner, you can help ensure the process of applying for authorisation or recognition runs smoothly and efficiently by learning about and understanding our requirements. To help you and your firm prepare to apply, we outline the authorisation process for firms and role holders, and explain how we assess applications and make decisions. We also offer risk assessment tips and examples.

New firms

Apply for authorisation or recognition of an applicant firm (Licensable Bodies, also known as ABSs, Legal Services Bodies and Sole Practitioners).

Risk is key: When making an initial application, start by thinking about risk. We have published guidance to help firms identify, assess and plan for risks, ahead of making their application. Refer to our Risk Outlook for more details on how we define and assess risk in all areas of our work.

Existing firms

Resources and help

Free lunchtime webinar

On 27 November (12:30 to 13:30), specialist SRA staff will guide you step by step through the authorisation process and field your questions. Register now

Where to get help

For help determining whether an organisation requires authorisation, or which individuals require approval, contact our Professional Ethics Guidance team.

If you are completing one of our firm-based application forms and you need help with a specific question, contact our Firm-Based Authorisation Team.

Our Contact Centre can help with most other queries. Contact our Firm-Based Authorisation Team only if you require specialised help to complete a firm-based authorisation application.

On-demand webinar

Webinar thumbnailFirm-based authorisation:
Understanding what has changed
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