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SRA Handbook

Record of commissions

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

Rule 6: Record of commissions


Where a firm receives commission which is attributable to regulated activities carried on by the firm, it shall keep a record of:


the amount of the commission; and


how the firm has accounted to the client.



Any financial benefit has to be dealt with in accordance with Outcome (1.15) in Chapter 1 of the SRA Code of Conduct. However, firms should bear in mind that in the case of commissions attributable to regulated activities, firms must also comply with the requirements of the SRA Financial Services (Scope) Rules 2001, rule 4 (c).


The record could be a letter or bill of costs provided the information is clear.