The SRA Handbook is no longer in effect. It was replaced by the SRA Standards and Regulations on 25 November 2019.

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Version 5 of the Handbook was published on 01/10/2012. For more information, please click 'History' Above

Part 1: Introduction and Preamble


This section of the Handbook contains the SRA Handbook Glossary.

The SRA Handbook Glossary comprises a set of defined terms which are used in the SRA Handbook. Terms being used in their defined sense appear as italicised text within the individual sets of provisions of the SRA Handbook. The same terms in the SRA Handbook may appear as italicised text in some cases but not in others. Where they are not italicised, for reasons relating to the specific context, they are not being used in their defined sense and take their natural meaning in that context.

The Glossary also contains interpretation and transitional provisions. The Glossary will not apply to the SRA Indemnity Rules, the SRA Indemnity (Enactment) Rules and the Solicitors Indemnity Insurance Rules until 1 October 2012.


The SRA Handbook Glossary dated 18 April 2012 made by the Solicitors Regulation Authority Board.

Made under Part I, Part II, section 79 and 80 of, and paragraph 6B of Schedule 1 to, the Solicitors Act 1974 and section 9 and 9A of, and paragraphs 14A, 14B and 32 to 34 of Schedule 2 to, the Administration of Justice Act 1985 and section 21(2), 83 and Schedule 11 to and paragraph 6 of Schedule 14 to, the Legal Services Act 2007 and paragraphs 2 and 3 of Schedule 14 to the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.

Subject to the approval of the Legal Services Board under paragraph 19 of Schedule 4 to the Legal Services Act 2007 and coming into force on the day it is approved.