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Chapter 12: Separate businesses
You can be a manager or employee of a separate business. However, you cannot practise as a solicitor, REL or RFL in a separate business except as permitted by Rule 4 (In-house practice) of the SRA Practice Framework Rules (see also Rules 1-3).
Clients of a separate business will not have the same regulatory protections as clients of an authorised body and it is important that this is clear to clients of the separate business particularly where they are being referred from the authorised body or cases are being divided with the authorised body.
You must achieve these outcomes:
the separate business does not carry on:
reserved legal activities; or
immigration work unless that work is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner;
divide, or allow to be divided, a client's matter between you and the separate business,
where the client has given informed consent.
The outcomes in this chapter apply to your in-house practice.