Existing firm applications
Updated 17 August 2016
Elect to become a Licensed Body (LDPs only)
Existing SRA-authorised recognised bodies which meet all of the following criteria are eligible:
- currently holds Legal Disciplinary Practice (LDP) status
- has no more than 25 per cent non-lawyer management
- has no more than 25 per cent non-lawyer ownership
- is not increasing its non-lawyer management or non-lawyer ownership above 25 per cent
- is not changing legal entity.
If you do not qualify for the LDP election process, you need to apply to be a licensed body.
Help with your application
If you are not sure whether you are eligible to elect to become a Licensed Body, contact us before you submit your application.
How to apply
You need to complete a FA1C - LDP application form.
Are there any new non-deemed individuals who have not previously been approved in their roles?
Complete the FA2 - Individual Approval form.
Existing managers, owners and compliance officers approved in their roles in the LDP will not require re-approval as part of the election process.
You may change your compliance officers and add new non-lawyers owners and/or managers to the entity (up to the 25 per cent limit). You will need to apply for approval using an FA2 form for each individual.
- FA1c: Firm Authorisation application form for LDPs (Editable PDF 12 pages, 575K) and guidance notes (PDF 11 pages, 234K)
- FA2: Individual form (Editable PDF 16 pages, 533K) and guidance notes (PDF 8 pages, 247K)
Save the form(s) before you start completing.
The application forms are editable PDF documents and need to be filled in electronically.
Send your application to the email address on the form. Please include "LDP election" in the subject line.
There is no fee for this application.
What you can expect from us
We will acknowledge your application within one working day. We will let you know if your application is incomplete or ineligible.
We aim to make a decision about your application within 30 days.
Your application is confidential.
Withdrawing an application
You can withdraw your application at any time before we make a decision.