The SRA Handbook is no longer in effect. It was replaced by the SRA Standards and Regulations on 25 November 2019.
Application of the RulesBack to version 21
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Rule 6: Application of the Rules
These Rules shall apply to a practice carried on by:
a sole solicitor;
an REL practising on or before 31 March 2012 or the date on which an order made pursuant to section 69 of the LSA relating to the status of sole practitioners comes into force, whichever is the later, as a sole practitioner;
a recognised body;
a partnership consisting of one or more solicitors and/or RELs and/or recognised bodies and/or licensed bodies;
a partnership consisting of one or more solicitors and/or RELs, together with one or more RFLs;
a partnership consisting of one or more RELs with or without one or more RFLs, together with one or more non-registered European lawyers practising from one or more offices in any state to which the Establishment Directive applies, but outside England and Wales; and
a licensed body in respect of its regulated activities.