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SRA Handbook

Application and interpretation

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Rule 2: Application and interpretation


These rules apply to:


solicitors ;


recognised bodies ;


RELs or partners of RELs; and


persons  employed by RELs, their partners, solicitors or recognised bodies 

in any part of the UK.


The SRA Handbook Glossary 2012 shall apply and, unless the context otherwise requires:


all italicised terms shall be defined; and


all terms shall be interpreted,

in accordance with the Glossary.