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Application for approval

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Rule 13: Application for approval


This Part governs the SRA's determination of applications for:


approval of an authorised body's managers and owners pursuant to Rule 8.6(a); and


approval of an authorised body's compliance officers, pursuant to Rule 8.5(b) and (d).


The SRA will deem a person to be approved as suitable to be a manager or owner of an authorised body under this Part if:


that person is:


a solicitor who holds a current practising certificate;


an authorised body;


an REL; or


an RFL;


there is no condition on the person's practising certificate, registration or authorisation as appropriate, preventing or restricting them from being a manager, owner or interest holder of an authorised body or being a sole practitioner;


the SRA is notified on the prescribed form at least seven days in advance of the person becoming a manager or owner of the authorised body; and


the SRA has not withdrawn its approval of that person to be a manager or owner under Rule 17.