Can my wifes secretarial services company be a partner in our firm
Important: The FAQs below were written and published before the introduction of the SRA Handbook on 6 October 2011, and may refer to regulatory material that is no longer in effect. Although they may still be relevant, these FAQs have not yet been reviewed in light of the wide-ranging regulatory changes implemented on 6 October. They will be reviewed and updated (or archived) in due course.
Can my wife's secretarial services company be a partner in our firm?
No. Although firms can have non-lawyermanagers
, only individual non-lawyers who have been approved by the SRA will qualify. When ABSs
are launched, non-lawyer corporate bodies will be able to become managers of a firm, but this will be under a new regulatory scheme to be established by the Legal Services Board.