The SRA Handbook is no longer in effect.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

SRA Handbook


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Version 8 of the Handbook was published on 01/10/2013. For more information, please click 'History' Above

Part 1: Rules

Rule 1: Purpose


The purpose of these Rules is to set out the standards which must be met by solicitors and RELs when carrying on insolvency practice.

Rule 2: Interpretation


The SRA Handbook Glossary 2012 shall apply and, unless the context otherwise requires:


all italicised terms shall be defined; and


terms shall be interpreted,

in accordance with the Glossary.

Rule 3: Standard of insolvency practice


When engaged in insolvency practice, you must comply with the Insolvency Code of Ethics.

Rule 4: Waivers


In any particular case or cases the SRA Board shall have the power, in exceptional circumstances, to waive in writing the provisions of these Rules for a particular purpose or purposes expressed in such waiver, to place conditions on and to revoke such a waiver.



You must comply with the requirements of the Insolvency Act 1986 and other relevant legislation in relation to accepting appointments and acting as an appointment holder.


You should have regard to the other guidance and best practice issued from time to time by the SRA as a recognised professional body on all issues relating to appointment holding, including professional independence.