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Bulk renewal application (2021/22)

Form name and location

The bulk renewal application form can be found in mySRA under 'Start a new application' and in 'Organisation applications'. It will appear at the top of the list and is called 'Pay your periodic fees and apply for bulk renewal'.

For the best experience completing this application form, we recommend using either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your web browser.

Accessing your form

The form can be accessed at any time from 11 October up until you submit it. This means you can look at the questions and decide what information you will need before completing it. You will also be able to partially complete and save sections.

Solicitors and registered foreign lawyers in your organisation can also opt into your bulk renewal at any time before you submit this. If someone does add themselves, you will get a notification so you know this has happened.

Questions in the application form

To help you get ready, here are the questions you will be asked.

Getting started

This section tells you what your application is for and what information you need to give us.

Client money

Did the organisation hold or receive client money or operate a client's own account as signatory in the 12 months to 31 October 2021?

If you answer 'yes', three further questions are asked:

  • What was the largest statement or passbook balance obtained when undertaking monthly reconciliations in the 12 months to 31 August 2021?
  • What was the smallest statement or passbook balance obtained when undertaking monthly reconciliations in the 12 months to 31 August 2021?
  • What was the average statement or passbook balance obtained when undertaking monthly reconciliations in the 12 months to 31 August 2021?

You should also be aware of the following:

Money held outside a client account

If you have held client money in an account other than a client account, such as a trustee account or in the organisation's office account, you should also answer 'yes' to the holding client money question above.

For organisations

Holding client money includes:

  • client money held by the principals, such as salaried and/or associate partners, in an unincorporated practice
  • client money held by either the company or LLP in an incorporated practice.

Indemnity insurance

Is the organisation exempt, or partially exempt, under Annex 2 of the SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules?

If your organisation is not exempt, you will need to tell us:

  • Insurer (you only need to add the names of insurers that provide minimum cover. This is not your broker)
  • policy number
  • policy start and end dates.

If are exempt and have an indemnity insurance waiver, you will need add a brief summary of the waiver, the date it was granted and your current insurer.

Anti-money laundering – new question

Does your firm provide services in scope of the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (as amended)?

You can find out what services are included in our money laundering guidance for law firms.

Introductions and referrals

Did the organisation have any arrangements with third parties, including other lawyers, for the introduction of work to your organisation in your last complete accounting period?

If you need to tell us of such arrangements with third parties (introducers), you will be asked for this information:

  • organisation or individual's name
  • date the arrangement began
  • main type of work
  • percentage of the organisation's turnover arising from this arrangement
  • total sum paid and the value of other consideration paid or given to the introducer or fee sharer during your last complete accounting period.

Sharing fees

Does your organisation have arrangements to share its own professional fees with another individual or business, directly or indirectly?

Does your organisation have arrangements to receive a share of the fees or profits of another individual or business, directly or indirectly?

The same information as above for introducers is asked for here.

Involvement/influence

Are there any arrangements, relationships or connections with third parties that may allow them to influence the running of the organisation?

Fee earners

How many qualified lawyer fee earners (full-time equivalent) currently based in the organisation's offices in England and Wales?

How many fee earners (full-time equivalent) who don't have legal qualifications are currently based in your offices in England and Wales?

Some examples of roles (both qualified lawyer and non-legally qualified) that may generate fee income for your organisation are:

  • Solicitor or other UK lawyer (eg Scottish solicitors, barristers, legal executives, licensed conveyancers etc)
  • overseas lawyers including European lawyers or registered foreign lawyers
  • trainee solicitors
  • paralegal or research assistants
  • specialist support staff
  • professional support lawyers
  • support/administrative staff doing fee earning work.

Negligence claims

How many claims were made against the organisation in the last complete indemnity period?

How many claims were paid by the insurer or the organisation in the last complete indemnity period?

Legal Services Board first tier complaints

Did you receive any complaints in the last 12-month period to 31 August 2021?

If you answer 'yes', you will be asked to enter the number of complaints against each of these categories:

  • complaints received
  • complaints resolved
  • referred to Legal Ombudsman.

Turnover

Tell us about your organisation's turnover arising from work undertaken from offices in England and Wales.

Questions in this section include:

  • What was your organisation's total turnover from your last complete accounting period ending before 1 November 2021?
  • What is the turnover figure based on?
  • Has the organisation's accountant provided written confirmation of the organisation's turnover?
  • Does any single client, group of clients or referral source account for more than 20 percent of the organisation's turnover for the last complete accounting period?
  • What percentage of organisation's turnover is funded by legal aid?

If you are completing your firm’s first or second renewal application, you will find additional guidance on completing this section within the form.

Areas of work

Please give us a breakdown of the areas of work your organisation carried out as a percentage of its turnover.

This year we have added three new areas to the list:

  • youth court
  • payment protection insurance
  • claims management.

All other areas remain unchanged.

Individuals in your renewal

This section allows you to update the details of solicitors, registered European lawyers and registered foreign lawyers in your organisation. This includes a question on whether they have identified learning and development needs in the past year.

Summary

You can select the 'Summary' link to view a summary of your answers, or you can go straight to the next page.

Declaration, fee information and payment

This is where you will confirm that the information you are providing in your application is correct. The declaration statement must be ticked to proceed.

You will then be shown a breakdown of the fees you will need to pay. The fee summary page will show you how the fee is broken down – administration, regulatory and Compensation Fund contribution.

In most cases we will approve all your practising certificate and registration applications immediately and you will pay all your fees in one go.

However, if we need to further assess any of the practising certificates or registrations in your application, you will only pay your administration fee for now. If we approve the application, you will then pay the regulatory fee and Compensation Fund contribution.#

Find out more about practising fees and Compensation Fund contributions.

Help and guidance

Get help using mySRA.