Existing firm applications

Updated 17 August 2016

Apply for temporary emergency authorisation

Who is this application for?

A solicitor or Registered European Lawyer (REL) seeking emergency authorisation following the death of a sole practitioner in an existing recognised sole practice.

The solicitor or REL must be:

  1. the sole practitioner's executor;
  2. a practice manager appointed by the sole practitioner's personal representatives; or
  3. an employee of the existing recognised sole practice.


See Rule 25.5 of the SRA Authorisation Rules 2011

Help with your application

You will need to notify us of the death within seven days of it occurring and submit the application within 28 days.

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 FA7 - Death of a Sole Practitioner Temporary Emergency Authorisation application form.

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.