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Applications for authorisation

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Rule 4: Applications for authorisation


A licensable body or a legal services body may make an application for authorisation in accordance with these rules.


An application by a licensable body for authorisation must include a statement about what reserved legal activities the body seeks authorisation for.


Where an application by a licensable body for authorisation relates to more than one reserved legal activity, the SRA may grant the application in relation to all or any of them.


An application by a licensable body or legal services body for authorisation must notify the SRA of the practising address and, where different, the registered address, of any overseas practices for which it would, if authorised, be the responsible authorised body.