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Part 2: Application
Rule 2: Application
With regard to the Overseas Principles set out in Rule 1:
you will be committing a breach if you permit another person to do anything on your behalf which, if done by you, would constitute a breach of these rules;
you should ensure that you and those for whom you are responsible under these rules comply with all legal and regulatory obligations applicable in the jurisdiction outside England and Wales in which you or they are practising. You, and those for whom you are responsible under these rules, should not cause, contribute to or facilitate a failure to comply with those legal or regulatory obligations by any other person or body subject to them;
where there is a conflict between compliance with the Overseas Principles set out in Rule 1 and/or the Reporting Requirements set out in Rule 3 on the one hand, and any requirements placed upon you or those for whom you are responsible under these rules by local law or regulation on the other hand, the latter shall prevail, with the exception of Overseas Principle 6, which must be observed at all times;
nothing in these rules removes or modifies the requirements under the Legal Services Act 2007, for authorisation to be obtained for the delivery of reserved legal activities;
if you are a solicitor and your practice predominantly comprises the provision of legal services in England and Wales then, regardless of where you are established, the SRA will apply the full SRA Handbook to your practice;
if you are a regulated individual practising overseas, or a responsible authorised body, you must ensure that you, or those for whom you are responsible under these rules, comply with any requirements under:
the SRA Property Selling Rules 2011;
the SRA Financial Services (Conduct of Business) Rules 2001; and
the SRA Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) Regulations ;
which apply to you or your overseas practice.