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Terms and conditions of authorisation

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Rule 7: Terms and conditions of authorisation


The authorisation of a body under these rules entitles:


a recognised body to undertake the activities set out in Rule 8.5 (reserved work and immigration work: recognised bodies) of the SRA Practice Framework Rules; and


a licensed body to undertake the reserved legal activities and immigration work specified in the licence.


Every authorisation is granted by the SRA subject to:


the general conditions in Rule 8; and


any further conditions imposed by the SRA, at the time of the grant of authorisation or at any time subsequently, in accordance with Rule 9.

Guidance notes


Where a firm is authorised by the SRA, as well as undertaking the activities set out in Rule 7, the firm will also be able to carry out other non-reserved legal activities. The SRA's jurisdiction over the firm includes the reserved and other legal activities, as defined under section 12 of the LSA, and other activities which are subject to conditions on the body's licence.


If a firm carries out a range of legal and non-legal activities (a multi-disciplinary practice or "MDP") the SRA's jurisdiction will not generally extend to cover the "non-legal" activities of the licensed body (unless covered by a specific condition on the licence). Such non-legal activities may be regulated by another regulator, and some activities may not fall within the regulatory ambit of any regulator.