Register of waivers

This is a list of our waiver decisions, including both those have been approved and those that have been refused.

Exemption details

Solicitors working in Schneider Investments Associates LLP have been granted a waiver from our requirement about Framework of practice: in-house.

This waiver is valid from 25 September  2018 until 24 September  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Schneider Investments Associates LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 1.1(e) and 4.1(a) of the SRA Practice Framework Rules 2011

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To allow in-house solicitors of Schneider Investment Associates to provide legal services to two subsidiary companies within a joint venture arrangement

Reason

The background to this application is that Schneider Investments Associates LLP has entered a joint venture arrangement. That joint venture has established a company in which Schneider Investments Associates LLP is the 50% shareholder. That company itself wholly owns two subsidiaries companies. Schneider Investments Associates LLP's in-house legal team is unable to act for these two subsidiary companies as that is outside the permitted exception at rule 4.7.

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007. There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest.

Conditions

(a) This waiver is limited to the two subsidiaries only

(b) There is compliance with the SRA Handbook

(c) The joint venture remains within the same, or substantially the same, ownership

(d) We are notified of any material change of circumstances within 14 days

(e) The grant is without prejudice to any other application

Exemption details

Solicitors working in Derbyshire Constabulary (in-house legal department) have been granted a waiver from our requirement about Framework of practice: in-house.

This waiver is valid from 25 September  2018 until 24 September  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Derbyshire Constabulary (in-house legal department) applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 1.1(e) and 4.1(a) of the SRA Practice Framework Rules 2011

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To allow Derbyshire Constabulary (in-house legal department) to provide legal services to Northampton Fire and Rescue Service relevant to its statutory duties

Reason

The background to this application is that as a result of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, the government requires greater collaboration between emergency services, including fire and rescue services. Currently the rules do not permit the in-house solicitors of Derbyshire Constabulary to provide legal services to the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007. There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest.

Conditions

(a) Derbyshire Constabulary (in-house legal department) only provides legal services to the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, and may only act for clients other than that employer as permitted by rule 4 of the PFR;

(b) There is compliance with the SRA Handbook;

(c) Derbyshire Constabulary (in-house legal department) notifies Professional Ethics in writing within 14 days of any change of circumstances;

(d) The waiver is without prejudice to any other application;

(e) The waiver is limited for three years but is revocable upon reasonable notice;

(f) The waiver does not affect the waiver dated 5 May 2017.

Exemption details

Laker Legal Solicitors Limited has been granted a waiver from Registered office and practising address criteria.

This waiver is valid from 12 September  2018 and has no fixed end date.

Details of rules applied for

The above applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 15 of the SRA Practice Framework Rules 2011

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the applicant to use a PO Box number address as a practising address solely for the purposes of compliance with Rule 15.5

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

The background is that Laker Legal is a virtual firm. It has never operated like a traditional High Street firm and does not have a traditional office open to the public or for clients to walk in. It uses a PO Box address as its registered address with Companies House. Companies House has approved this. The firm has an administration centre in Lancaster to which all correspondence is sent under the Royal Mail's PO Box service. This is not currenlty accessible to clients or members of the public, but its existence is not hidden.

The firm makes clear in its publicity that it is a virtual firm, and the purpose of the Lancaster office is clear. The firm's use of the PO Box address is not misleading. Therefore there are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest. We have imposed conditions to address any theoretical risk.

Conditions

a) The Applicant must update its mySRA account with the direct postal address within 14 days

b) The Applicant must add suitable explanatory wording on its website as to the availability of its postal address

c) Any change in circumstances is notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) The waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application

Exemption details

Riverview Law Limited of Riverside, 1 Southwood Rd, Birkenhead, Wirral CH62 3QX has been granted a waiver from Indemnity Rules.

This waiver is valid from 31 August  2018 and has no fixed end date.

Details of rules applied for

The above applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 3.1 of the SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules 2013 as applies to some prescribed insurance definitions and Appendix 1 to those rules.

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

The outcome is that Riverview Law Limited is permitted to have professional indemnity insurance equivalent to the SRA MTCs from a non-participating insurer.

Reason

The waiver has been granted on the basis of detailed insurance information we have received and reviewed. We are satisfied the waiver meets all the requirements of our waivers policy. Specifically, it is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007, it best serves our public interest purpose, and no circumstances exist that would prevent us granting the waiver.

We are satisfied that the provisions of Riverview Law Ltds insurance arrangements provide sufficient protection for consumers, and that granting this waiver is not contrary to our obligation to support of the rule of law and administration of justice. Granting the waiver therefore does not undermine our public interest purpose.

Any risks to the regulatory objectives have been mitigated by the condition imposed that Riverview Law Limited must inform us of any changes to the insurance arrangements.

Conditions

a) Should there be any material change in the terms and conditions of the insurance that Riverview Law Limited holds, or a reduction to the level of primary cover, it must immediately inform the SRA and the waivers may be amended or revoked with immediate effect.

Other information

The waiver is granted unlimited as to time but is revocable on reasonable notice.

It applies only to the Solicitors Indemnity Insurance Rules 2013 and it is not intended to apply in respect of equivalent elements within future versions of those rules.

Exemption details

RELS working in Perez Llorca UK LLP have been granted a waiver from our requirement about Framework of practice: registered European lawyer (RELs).

This waiver is valid from 28 August  2018 until 28 August  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Perez Llorca UK LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 2 of SRA Practice Framework Rules 2011

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To allow the RELs working for the Applicant to provide legal services to clients without the Applicant to be authorised or meet the criteria to be an Exempt European Practice

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007. Granting this waiver will improve access to justice and promote competition in the provision of services. Ganting a waiver best serves our public interest purpose.

The Applicant is a foreign law practice. It is owned by two Spanish law firms registered with the Madrid Bar Association, but is a separate firm, rather than a branch office. Because it is not part of the same legal entity as those firms, it cannot meet the definition of an Exempt European Practice (EEP).

The purpose of the rules allowing RELs to practice through EEPs is to permit RELs whose main place of business is conducted in other Member States to establish a branch office in England and Wales without having to restructure where they do not intend to carry on reserved legal activities. This furthers the objectives of the Establishment Directive (removing obstacles to freedom of movement for persons and services) while ensuring such practices are subject to regulatory oversight.

The individual RELs in the firm will be subject to both SRA and Madrid Bar Association regulation. We are also imposing conditions meaning we are satisfied that there is sufficient regulatory oversight of the practice and the individual RELs practising through it without needing to meet criterion to be an EEP.

The SRA waivers policy identifies certain circumstances where we will not grant a waiver - none apply.

Conditions

a) no member, interest holder, manager or employee of the applicant is a solicitor of England and Wales

b) no member or interest holder of the applicant is a lawyer of England and Wales or an authorised body

c) any REL who is a member, manager or employee of the applicant or, who conducts work on behalf of the applicant, does not themselves do or supervise or assume responsibility for doing any of the following:

(i) the drawing or preparing of any instrument or papers comprising reserved legal activities under section 12(1)(c) or (d) of the Legal Services Act 2007

(ii) exercising any right of audience, or right to conduct litigation (including making any application or lodging any document relating to litigation), before a court or immigration tribunal; or

(iii) providing any immigration advice or immigration services, unless the employer, or a senior fellow employee, is registered with the Immigration Services Commissioner

d) the applicant does not carry on any reserved legal activities

e) the applicant maintains professional indemnity insurance reasonably equivalent to that required under the SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules to cover any work done for its clients

(f) any REL who is a member, manager, interest holder or employee of the applicant or, who conducts work on behalf of the applicant, must:

(i) inform their client that the applicant is not regulated by the SRA and that the SRAs compulsory insurance scheme does not apply, and must either give or confirm this information in writing; and

(ii) ensure that if they are identified on the notepaper of the applicant as a REL the notepaper also states that the applicant is not regulated by the SRA.

j) the SRA Handbook 2011 shall apply to any REL who is a member, manager, interest holder or employee of the applicant or, who conducts work on behalf of the applicant, as though they are practising in an Exempt European Practice;

k) the applicant must notify us of any change of circumstances;

l) the grant is without prejudice to any other application;

m) the waiver is limited for a period of three years from the date of grant.

Exemption details

Stephen Britton Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Chrystal Theofanous Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Euan McLaughlin Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

James Conduit Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

James Proctor Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Malachy McGill Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Maureen Hayes Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Martyn J Hall Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 23 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Gary Ian Phillips Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Richard Bussell Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 23 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Helen Derry Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Karen Bower-Brown Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Alison Hurton Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Stephen R Wilson ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

John Mitchell Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2018.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Andrew Durkan Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

E A Sharpe Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.

Exemption details

Andrew Payne Ltd, a corporate owner manager of Sills and Betteridge LLP, has been granted a waiver from our requirement about COLP and COFA.

This waiver is valid from 23 July  2018 until 22 July  2021.

Details of rules applied for

Sills and Betteridge LLP applied for an exemption from our requirement about Rule 8.5(b) and (d) of the Authorisation Rules

Decision details

This waiver was granted.

Outcome

To permit the members of the Applicant, which are non-trading recognised bodies to not have a COLP and COFA

Reason

We are satisfied the waiver meets the requirements of our waivers policy. It is compatible with the regulatory objectives in section 1 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Granting a waiver avoids the unnecessary burden of authorising non-working corporate manager owner recognised bodies in order for the body beneath to remain a recognised body.

There are no risks to consumer protection and the waiver does not otherwise undermine the public interest, as the relevant recognised bodies are not practising and will not hold or receive client money.

Conditions

a) the members of the Applicant do not hold client money except through Sills & Betteridge LLP

b) they continue to be recognised bodies

c) they continue to be corporate members of Sills & Betteridge LLP

d) they only provide legal services through Sills & Betteridge LLP;

e) any change of circumstances to be notified in writing to the Professional Ethics department of the SRA within 14 days

d) the waiver is granted without prejudice to any other application.