The SRA Handbook is no longer in effect.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 8 of the Handbook was published on 01/10/2013. For more information, please click 'History' Above

Part 9: General

Regulation 36: Waiver of regulations


In any particular case we have the power to waive in writing any of the provisions of these regulations and to revoke such waiver.

Regulation 37: Forms and fees


Any application made or notice given to us must be in the prescribed form and accompanied by the prescribed fee.


If we have not prescribed a form for such an application or notice, it must be in writing, signed by you or the person giving it, and it must give such information as is necessary to enable us to deal with the application or to comply with the regulation under which the notice is given.


We may require you or the person giving notice to provide any further information we consider necessary.


We may require:


any application to be supported by such evidence as we consider necessary;


facts relevant to any application to be deposed to by statutory declaration; and


that you attend an interview.

Regulation 38: Admission as a solicitor


Admission as a solicitor takes place under Part 3 of the SRA Admission Regulations.

Guidance note:


Approximately eight weeks before the expected completion of your training contract, you will receive an application for admission form. You will use this form to:


apply for admission as a solicitor 


apply to attend an admission ceremony


apply for your first practising certificate


apply for membership of the Law Society of England and Wales.


There are two admission dates each month, usually the 1st and the 15th, and we need to receive applications at least 28 days before the date on which you expect to be admitted.


When the application has been processed, you will receive confirmation of the admission date, details of the admission ceremony, and the continuing professional development scheme.