Intervention (Solicitor firm closure)
24 June 2021
What you need to know
In an intervention, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) closes down a solicitor's practice at once—to protect clients' interests. After a firm has been closed down, it can no longer act for its clients.
If your solicitor's firm has been closed down by the SRA and your business has not been completed, you can get more information on what to do here: What if my case is urgent?
Documents and papers
When the SRA closes down a firm, we take all documents and papers that relate to its clients, including files and accounting records. We keep the documents safe and, if appropriate, return them to the people they belong to. Where are my documents?
When the SRA closes down a firm, we take all money held by the firm, including its clients' money. We return this money to the people it belongs to if we can trace them. What happens to my money?
What you need to do—if you are a client
If you are a client of a practice that the SRA has intervened into, read our FAQs for clients of intervened firms.
What you will then need to do depends on several factors, including
- how long is it since the date of the intervention, and
- whether your case was 'live' (in progress, not yet closed) on the date of the intervention.
Read our FAQs for clients of intervened firms.
What you need to do—if you are not a client
Please use www.sra.org.uk/help to link to this page.