Apply for authorisation of a new firm

July 2020

Who we authorise

We authorise the following types of entities:

  • recognised bodies
  • recognised sole practices
  • licensed bodies (including multi-disciplinary practices).

First, check whether your firm or proposed entity is eligible for authorisation by looking at the SRA Authorisation of Firms Rules.

If you are a solicitor or an REL working in a new non-regulated entity, please follow our step by step guide.

Get ready to apply

Read the financial services and anti-money laundering authorisation sections below to see if they apply to your firm, then complete the application.

How to apply for firm authorisation

Apply for authorisation of a new firm

Log in to mySRA to apply, go to start a new application

Apply for authorisation of a new firm

We will acknowledge your application within one working day and also if it is incomplete or ineligible. We aim to decide about your application within 90 days.

If there are outstanding queries and you don't respond within the requested time frame we may treat your application as withdrawn. The application fee may not be refundable.

Think about getting professional advice early if the nature of the business or application is not straightforward.

What information you will need

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You will need to know the following:

About the firm

  • Professional indemnity insurance - quote or certificate
  • Firm structure details
  • For incorporated bodies, the incorporation details.

About individuals

  • Personal details, work history, professional regulation and suitability to fulfil role
  • Certificates of Good Standing if regulated by another regulator
  • Individuals who are not SRA-authorised need to register on mySRA before you send in your application.

If you undertake financial services, you need to notify us about the services you deliver. Please complete this application.

Notify us of Financial Services Activities

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If so, you will need to apply for anti-money laundering authorisation.

New legislation on anti-money laundering came in on 10 January 2020 that affects new beneficial owners, officers and managers (BOOMs) and those that switch firms.

When a BOOM applies to us for approval, we will need:

  • proof that they do not have any criminal convictions that would prevent them from becoming a BOOM
  • this proof to be in the form of a basic disclosure and barring service (DBS) check
  • the basic DBS check to be no older than three months on the date of application.

Read more information on how to source these checks.

Apply for anti-money laundering authorisation

Log in to mySRA to apply, go to start a new application

Is your firm a recognised body/sole practice or a licensed body?

Recognised bodies

The fee is £200. This only applies if the predecessor firm has paid a firm fee for the current practising year.

Licensed bodies

The fee is £2,000. If a licensed body has succeeded to the whole of the practice of an authorised body, we calculate the periodical fee accordingly. Please see our fees policy for more details.

Submit a notice of succession

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How to apply

How to apply (for individual managers, owners and compliance officers):

  • Step 1: Get ready by checking the Firm Authorisation page to find out what you need.
  • Step 2: You need to submit separate applications below for each individual.

All individuals who are not SRA-authorised will need to create a mySRA account before they apply.

Apply for approval of a person as an authorised role holder

Log in to mySRA to apply, go to start a new application

How to apply

If another organisation will be a manager or owner, you need to apply for entity approval.

Get ready by checking the Firm Authorisation page apply to change the legal entity of your firm page to find out what you need.

Complete the application.

Individuals who are not SRA-authorised will need to create a mySRA account before applying.

Apply for approval of an organisation as an authorised role holder

Log in to mySRA to apply, go to start a new application

You will need to pay an initial payment of £200 when you submit your application. This payment is for us to consider your application.

You will then need to pay a final payment, the regulatory fee, prior to authorisation. We will send you an invoice for this amount.

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Calculating your regulatory fee

The regulatory fee is pro rata depending when you apply within the practising year. If authorisation is granted after the pro rata period, an additional fee or refund may be applicable. Please note the fees in the table below do not include the £200 application fee.

1 July - 31 October 2019 1 November - 31 December 2019 1 January - 31 March 2020 1 April - 30 June 2020 1 July - 31 October 2020
£200 £800 £600 £400 £200

Do you intend to hold/receive client money

You must make a contribution to the Compensation Fund as follows:

1 July - 31 October 2019 1 November - 31 December 2019 1 January - 31 March 2020 1 April - 30 June 2020 1 July - 31 October 2020
£420 £1,150 £863 £575 £288

Do you have any offices outside England and Wales?

There is a £200 fee per office.

Are you a recognised body or sole practice?

The fee is £200.

This fee applies only if the predecessor firm has paid a firm fee for the current practising year.

The application fee is made up of:

We will send an invoice to the applicant contact and payment is due on receipt.

We will send you another invoice if your application incurs additional fees during the process.

Licensed Bodies must also pay an initial periodical fee on authorisation. This is calculated in reference to the firm’s estimated turnover, paying one twelfth of that amount for each month (or part of a month) between the date of authorisation and the end of the current practicing year. For more information, see our fees policyfees Policy.

Do you have any offices outside England and Wales?

There is a £200 fee per office.

Licensed bodies

The fee is £2,000. 

If a licensed body has succeeded to the whole of the practice of an authorised body, we calculate the periodical fee accordingly. Please see our fees policy for more details.

Submit a notice of succession

Log in to mySRA to complete the notification. Go to new applications