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Consultation aims to make in-house position clearer

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is consulting on amendments to its Practice Framework Rules (PFR) to help clarify the position of in-house solicitors when providing services to third parties.

Although in-house solicitors usually provide legal services to their employer, many also act for other clients. The SRA’s PFR sets out the circumstances in which this may be done.

In addition, the Legal Services Act requires bodies to be authorised in circumstances where, as a part of their business, they are providing reserved legal activities to the public or a section of the public. The amendments to the PFR now being consulted on are designed to clarify, for employers and in-house solicitors, the relationship between the SRA’s regulatory requirements on in-house solicitors and the requirements of the Legal Services Act.

Consultation on the proposals began on Monday and lasts for four weeks, closing on April 23. During the course of 2012 the SRA will be undertaking a broader review of its approach to the regulation of in-house solicitors and further details on this will be published in due course.

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