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Introduction to Specialist Services

This section of the Handbook contains the following rules which apply when you provide certain specialist services to your clients:

  • SRA Property Selling Rules - these apply when you provide property selling services through your law firm; and
  • SRA Financial Services (Scope) Rules and the SRA Financial Services (Conduct of Business) Rules - these apply when you are not authorised by the Financial Services Authority and carry on exempt regulated activities for your clients;.
  • SRA European Cross-border Practice Rules - these apply to your European cross-border practice; and
  • SRA Insolvency Practice Rules - these apply when you carry on insolvency practice.

These rules must be read in conjunction with the Principles. The Principles apply to all aspects of practice, including your European cross-border practice, insolvency practice and the provision of property selling and financial services.

The desired outcomes that apply to these specialist services are that:

  • clients receive a proper standard of service, and are treated fairly, when they purchase specialist services;
  • you uphold the reputation of the legal profession in England and Wales by co-operating with European lawyers in the spirit of the CCBE Code;
  • you maintain trust in the legal profession by providing estate agency services in the spirit of the legislation governing estate agents; and
  • your financial services are provided to the same standard as required by the Financial Services Authority and in a manner that maintains confidence in the legal profession; and
  • you carry on your insolvency practice to the same standard required for all insolvency practitioners, by complying with the Joint Insolvency Committee's Code of Ethics. .