The SRA Handbook is no longer in effect. It was replaced by the SRA Standards and Regulations on 25 November 2019.

SRA Handbook


Version 21 of the Handbook was published on 06/12/2018. For more information, please click 'History' Above

Rule 21: Waivers


Subject to provisions relating to any statutory obligations or the SRA's regulatory arrangements affecting its ability to waive any requirements, the SRA Board shall have power to waive in writing the provisions of these rules for a particular purpose or purposes expressed in such waiver, and to attach conditions to or revoke such waiver, at its own discretion.

Guidance note


An applicant for a waiver must satisfy the SRA that the circumstances are sufficiently exceptional to justify a departure from the requirements of the rule in question, bearing in mind its purpose. Applications should be made to the Professional Ethics Guidance Team.