Existing firm applications

Updated 17 August 2016

Apply for temporary emergency authorisation

Who is this application for?


  • One partner in a two-partner practice has died or has left unexpectedly, or
  • A partnership has split leaving two or more partnerships, sole practitioners or a combination.


See Part 6: Changes in partnerships of the SRA Authorisation Rules 2011

Applications following the death of a sole practitioner

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.

Save the form before you start completing it.

The application form is an editable PDF document and needs to be filled in electronically.



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.