Existing firm applications

Updated 17 August 2016

Notify us of a new Authorised Body manager/owner

You need to tell us about the following:

  • a new deemed approved authorised body manager.
  • a new deemed approved authorised body owner.

First, check whether the manager or owner is eligible by looking at Rule 13.2 of the SRA Authorisation Rules 2011.

Information you need

Partnership or an LLP

We do not make a distinction between the role of manager and owner. You only need to tell us about a new deemed approved manager. You can tell us by updating your firms mySRA account online.

Limited company

You will only be able to add directors when updating mySRA. You must tell us about a new lawyer owner by completing the notification form.

We may need to approve several owners depending on the structure of the firm. This is to comply with Schedule 13 of the Legal Services Act, and so we can understand who is running the organisation.

If you do not tell us in advance you will be required to apply for approval. You must tell us before the authorised body manager or owner takes up their post.

Help with your notification

Contact us if you have any queries before you submit your notification.

How to tell us

Partnership and LLP

You can tell us about a new deemed approved manager (and therefore owner) by updating your firm mySRA account online.

Limited company

You can also tell us about a new deemed approved manager, by updating your firm mySRA account online with the details of the new director.

You should tell us about a new lawyer owner by submitting the notification form.

You must tell us before the person takes up the role.

Notification form

The notification form is an editable PDF document. You need to fill it in electronically. You should save the form before you start completing it.

For help downloading or using the form, see "How to use the form" in our Firm authorisation guidance.

Form

Send your notification to the email address on the form.

Fee

There is no fee for this notification.

What you can expect from us

We will acknowledge your notification within one working day. We will let you know if your notification is incomplete or ineligible.

Timescales

We aim to process notifications within 30 days.

A new manager/owner cannot not take up their post until you have notified us.

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