SRA Handbook

Duty to remedy breaches

Version 21 of the Handbook was published on 6 December 2018. For more information, please click "History" above.

Rule 7: Duty to remedy breaches


Any breach of the rules must be remedied promptly upon discovery. This includes the replacement of any money improperly withheld or withdrawn from a client account.


In a private practice, the duty to remedy breaches rests not only on the person causing the breach, but also on all the principals in the firm. This duty extends to replacing missing client money from the principals' own resources, even if the money has been misappropriated by an employee or another principal, and whether or not a claim is subsequently made on the firm's insurance or the Compensation Fund.

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