Existing firm applications

Updated 25 November 2019

Apply for temporary emergency authorisation

What is this application for?

To apply for temporary emergency authorisation as a sole practice or partnership where there is a change of control which brings into being a new unauthorised body or practice.


See Rule 15.1(a) of the SRA Authorisation of Firms Rules.

Help with your application

If you are not sure whether you are eligible to apply for emergency authorisation, contact us before you submit your application.

How to apply

You need to complete a FA5 - Application for Temporary Emergency Authorisation application.


The forms are editable PDF's and must be completed electronically. You must save a copy of the form to your computer before you start to fill it in. These forms are not compatible with Mac computers.


Send your application to the email address on the form. Please include "temporary emergency authorisation" in the subject line.


There is no fee for this application.

What you can expect from us

We will acknowledge and allocate your application within one working day.


We aim to make a decision about your application within seven working days.