SRA Handbook

Expiry and revocation

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Regulation 10: Expiry and revocation

10.1

Expiry

(a)

A practising certificate expires:

(i)

when a replacement certificate is issued;

(ii)

on the death of the solicitor;

(iii)

if the solicitor is removed from or struck off the roll;

(iv)

in the case of a practising certificate which is suspended, on its replacement date, or if its replacement date has passed, 14 days after the suspension took effect.

(b)

The registration of an REL expires:

(i)

if the lawyer becomes a solicitor, barrister or advocate of any of the UK jurisdictions or a barrister of the Irish Republic;

(ii)

if the lawyer ceases to be a member, and entitled to practise as such, of an Establishment Directive profession;

(iii)

if the lawyer ceases to be a national of an Establishment Directive state;

(iv)

on the death of the lawyer;

(v)

if the lawyer is removed from or struck off the register; or

(vi)

in the case of a registration which is suspended, on its renewal date, or if its renewal date has passed, 14 days after the suspension took effect,

except that the registration of a European lawyer will not expire by virtue of the lawyer becoming a solicitor of Scotland or Northern Ireland at a time when he or she is registered both with the SRA and with the Law Society of Scotland and/or the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

(c)

The registration of an RFL expires:

(i)

if the lawyer becomes a solicitor, REL or barrister;

(ii)

if the lawyer ceases to be a member, and entitled to practise as such, of a legal profession which is regulated within a jurisdiction outside England and Wales and is approved by the SRA in accordance with paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 14 to the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990;

(iii)

on the death of the lawyer;

(iv)

if the lawyer is removed from or struck off the register; or

(v)

in the case of a registration which is suspended, on its renewal date or if its renewal date has passed, 14 days after the suspension took effect.

10.2

Revocation

(a)

The SRA may revoke a practising certificate, registration in the register of European lawyers or registration in the register of foreign lawyers:

(i)

at any time, if the SRA is satisfied that the practising certificate or registration was granted as a result of error or fraud;

(ii)

on a date chosen by the SRA, if the replacement or renewal date has passed and the SRA has not received an application for replacement of the practising certificate or renewal of the registration made in accordance with regulation 1;

(iii)

at any time, if the SRA is satisfied, in the case of an REL, that the lawyer has no intention of practising on a permanent basis in the UK;

(iv)

at any time, if the SRA is satisfied, in the case of an RFL, that the lawyer has no intention of practising in the capacity of an RFL in accordance with Rule 3 of the SRA Practice Framework Rules; or

(v)

on refusing, under regulation 2 or 3, to replace a practising certificate or to renew a registration.

(b)

The SRA may revoke a practising certificate or registration on the application of the person concerned but:

(i)

there is no discretion to refund any part of the fee paid for that practising year; and

(ii)

the SRA may refuse the application if there is an outstanding complaint against the applicant or for any other reason relating to the public interest.

10.3

Notice of revocation

(a)

When the SRA decides to revoke a practising certificate or registration under 10.2(a)(i), (iii), (iv) or (v) it must give the person concerned 28 days notice, with reasons. The notice may be given together with notification of refusal of an application to replace a practising certificate or renew a registration.

(b)

Revocation takes effect on expiry of the notice under (a), or on such later date as may be stated in the notice, except that if an appeal is made during the period of notice the revocation does not take effect until determination or discontinuance of any appeal, whether under the SRA's own procedure, or to the High Court under statutory provisions, or to the High Court under regulation 8.6(b).

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