Standards and Regulations
What are we trying to do
We want to provide the profession with information to help them understand and prepare for the introduction of our new Standards and Regulations from 25 November 2019.
Who needs to know
Everyone we regulate or may potentially regulate, and everyone working for an SRA regulated law firm.
What's going on
Our new Standards and Regulations will come into effect on 25 November 2019.
Shorter and more targeted than the previous SRA Handbook, the new SRA Standards and Regulations focus on what really matters – the issues most important to protecting the public and their money.
The new regulations are supported by our:
Enforcement Strategy (revised in 2019) - which provides greater clarity on the regulator's approach in cases of potential misconduct.
Transparency Rules (2018) – which require regulated firms to publish information online about their complaints procedures and prices, as well as requiring them to display the SRA's digital badge.
We are continuing to develop an online version of the new Standards and Regulation. This is currently in a beta (development) phase. Access the new SRA Standards and Regulations online on our beta website. Give us your feedback about the experience. Register to save your own online notes and bookmarks.
You can also download a copy of the new SRA Standards and Regulations.
In the run-up to the new standards and regulations being introduced we are publishing a suite of guidance and support materials, designed to help you better understand any areas of significant change compared to our existing rules, or areas of new opportunities.
Further guidance and support materials will be published over the coming months.
Accounts Rules guidance
- Accountant's report and the exemption to obtain one
- Do I need to operate a client account?
- Helping you keep accurate client accounting records
- Joint accounts and record keeping
- Planning for and completing an accountant's report
- Third-party managed accounts
- Firm authorisation
- Can my business be authorised?
- Does my business need to be authorised?
- Preparing to become a sole practitioner or an SRA-regulated independent solicitor
- When do I need a practising certificate?
- Unregulated organisations - Conflict and confidentiality
- Unregulated organisations - giving information to clients
- Unregulated organisations - for employers of SRA-regulated lawyers
- Client care letters
- Acting with integrity
- Registered Foreign Lawyers
- Not for profit sector - summary
- Guidance on the SRA's approach to equality, diversity and inclusion