The SRA Handbook is no longer in effect.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

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Rule 4: Investigations


The parties to a discipline investigation are the SRA and the person under investigation.


The SRA may exercise any investigative or other powers at any time including those arising from:


sections 44B, 44BA, 44BB of the SA;


sections 93 and 94 of the LSA; or


rules made by the Law Society or the SRA for the production of documents, information or explanations.


Subject to rule 4.4, the SRA may disclose any information or documents (including the outcome) arising from its discipline investigation:


to an informant;


to a person who is under investigation;


to any person in order to facilitate its investigation and in particular to identify and obtain evidence, comments or information;


to other regulators, law enforcement agencies, or other persons, in the public interest.


The SRA may restrict disclosure of information to protect another person's right of confidentiality or privilege.