The example below is illustrative and does not set any type of precedent. Each matter is considered on its own facts and merits.
Having recently qualified and been granted admission to the Roll, an applicant applies for their first PC in order to commence practising.
The applicant has been working as a para-legal at a firm of solicitors since admittion.
A completed application form is submitted along with the payment for a PC.
There is no previous adverse regulatory history in respect of the individual.
In this case, the applicant has not submitted payment for their contribution to the Compensation Fund. We therefore bring this to their attention; the application is placed on hold until the appropriate payment is received.
The applicant later submits the correct additional payment.
The application is now complete in accordance with regulation 1.1 of the SRA Practising Regulations 2009 and we are satisfied that a PC an be granted.
A solicitor partner working within a recognised body partnership applies to renew their PC BY 31 October. This is in compliance with the Solicitors’ Act 1974 and SRA Practising Regulations 2009 whereby applications are made on an annual basis.
A completed application form is submitted along with payment for a PC. The applicant has asked their ‘Firm Contact’ to sign the form on their behalf. This is acceptable.
There is no previous adverse regulatory history in respect of the applicant, other than an accountant’s report received late in the 12 months prior to 31 October. However, we had received a waiver application within the appropriate timescales, and the waiver had been granted.
The appropriate fee for the PC and Compensation Fund contribution is received with the application.
The application is therefore complete in accordance with regulation 1.1 of the SRA Practising Regulations 2009.
The PC is granted with effect from 1 November, the application having been received prior to the 31 October deadline.