SRA Handbook

The roll and information

Version 19 of the Handbook was published on 1 October 2017. For more information, please click "History" above.

Part 1: The roll and information

Regulation 1: The roll

1.1

The SRA shall continue to keep a list of all solicitors of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, called "the roll".

Regulation 2: Mode of keeping the roll

2.1

The roll will be kept in electronic form.

Regulation 3: Content of the roll

3.1

In respect of entries made or altered as from 6 October 2011, the roll must contain, in respect of each solicitor, the following information:

(a)

full name, including title;

(b)

date of birth;

(c)

registration number;

(d)

date of admission;

(e)

principal place of business in the case of a practising solicitor;

(f)

address for correspondence in the case of a non-practising solicitor;

(g)

a note about any suspension of the solicitor from practice, or suspension of the solicitor's practising certificate, or suspension of the solicitor from practice as a sole practitioner, or suspension of the solicitor's authorisation as a recognised sole practitioner, or the termination of any such suspension;

(h)

a note of any order of the Tribunal under section 47 of the SA in respect of the solicitor (or former solicitor), and a note of any order of the High Court or the Court of Appeal striking the solicitor off the roll; and

(i)

any other reasonable information, necessary for carrying out the SRA's statutory objectives, from time to time prescribed by the SRA.

Regulation 4: Public access to information

4.1

Entries on the roll under regulation 3.1 (a), (c), (d), (e), (g) and (h) must be available for inspection by any member of the public during office hours without charge, except that the SRA may in exceptional circumstances, and if it considers that to do so would be in the public interest, withhold the address of a solicitor's principal place of business.

4.2

The date on which a solicitor's name was

(a)

removed from or

(b)

struck off

the roll must be made available to a member of the public on request.

Regulation 5: Address for correspondence

5.1

When the SRA writes to any person under these regulations it shall write either by letter or email to the solicitor's last notified address or to the solicitor's last notified email address.

Regulation 6: Enquiry

6.1

The SRA shall at such times it decides appropriate ask every solicitor without a practising certificate whether the solicitor wishes his or her name to remain on the roll.

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