Im a sole practitioner my son who is not qualified
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published before the introduction of the SRA Handbook on 6 October 2011, and may refer to regulatory material that is no longer in effect.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.
I'm a sole practitioner. My son, who is not qualified, works for the firm. Can he be a partner?
Subject to approval by the SRA, any non-lawyer
can be a partner or manager
of an LDP
(provided the firm also gains recognition as a recognised body
). However, non-lawyers can't represent more than 25 per cent of the ownership of the firm, or more than 25 per cent of the number of managers
. Therefore, you and your son could not be the only partners in the firm until a system for ABSs has been developed.