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Ethics FAQs

Question of ethics

Topic-based ethics guidance

Compliance with Principle 5

Principle 5 states that you must provide a proper standard of service to your clients. For solicitors, an integral part of complying with the requirement to provide a proper standard of service is meeting the competencies set out in the Competence Statement.

Compliance with Principle 9

The requirements

Principle 9, one of the SRA Handbook Principles, requires regulated firms and individuals to "run [your] business or carry out [your] role in the business in a way that encourages equality of opportunity and respect for diversity".

Principle 9 is supported by chapter 2 of the Code of Conduct, which sets out the equality and diversity outcomes and indicative behaviours for regulated firms and individuals.

Thematic supervision review of compliance

We conducted a thematic supervision review of compliance with Principle 9, and the report was published in April 2013: Thematic study of compliance with Principle 9: Encouraging equality of opportunity and respect for diversity, April 2013 (PDF 31 pages, 521K).

Regulating compliance with Principle 9

We are making plans to monitor the incidence of reports involving Principal 9 as recommended by the thematic supervision report of compliance with Principle 9.

We reviewed the incidence of reports received under the old rules, Rule 6 of the Conduct of Conduct 2007: Rule 6 - discrimination reports to the SRA in 2010.


Rules and regulations in force before 6 October 2011