The SRA Handbook is no longer in effect.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

SRA Handbook

Character and suitability of prospective solicitors

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

Regulation 7: Character and suitability of prospective solicitors


As required by regulation 2.1(d), you must satisfy us as to your character and suitability to be a solicitor before we admit you to the roll.


You must apply to us for admission in writing in the prescribed form and support your application with such evidence as we consider necessary.


You may ask us to assess any issue which may cause you not to meet the outcomes of the SRA Suitability Test before commencement of the QLTS assessments. Such determinations will not prejudice our ability to take all relevant factors into account when a subsequent admission decision is taken, including the facts giving rise to the earlier determination.


We may determine on the grounds of your character and suitability that you are not eligible for admission, and refuse your application. You may make up to three further applications for eligibility to be admitted where there has been a material changes in circumstances after intervals of not less than 12 months from the final determination of your previous application.


Regulation 6.1 of these regulations gives you the right to ask us to review a refusal under regulation 7.4. You also have the right to appeal to the High Court under regulation 3 of the SRA Admission Regulations against our decision to refuse to admit you as a solicitor on the ground of suitability.

Guidance note


For further information please consult the SRA Suitability Test.