Why does the SRA intervene?

We intervene into solicitors' firms to protect the interests of clients, the public and the solicitors’ profession. Before closing down a firm, we must have concerns about the firm that make us believe clients' interests are at risk. So, intervention is a protective step; it does not always mean we have made a finding against a firm or an individual.

There are several grounds on which we may intervene, which may include:

  • Protecting the interests of clients (or former or potential clients)
  • We suspect dishonesty on the part of someone at the firm.
  • The only solicitor at the firm has been made bankrupt, sent to prison or struck off the roll of solicitors.
  • The practice has been abandoned.
  • There have been serious breaches of the SRA Code of Conduct or the SRA Accounts Rules.

Learn about the law governing intervention

When we intervene into a firm, we sum up the reasons behind this action in a record of the decision on our website.

A solicitor or firm that we have closed down can apply to the High Court to have our decision to intervene overturned.

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