Last updated 3 December 2015
We are an open and fair regulator and want to work with those providing legal services to ensure the Code of Conduct is adhered to and therefore achieve the best outcomes for clients. We continue to receive numerous requests from those affected by the ban to see if certain business models are compliant or not.
We do not intend to provide regulated persons with 'pre-approval' of business models. Regulated persons should be able to determine from LASPO itself the arrangements which will be prohibited and the risks associated with entering into referral arrangements.
We have, however, produced our own interpretation and analysis of the relevant provisions of LASPO and how these might affect various kinds of arrangements.
- Warning notice: Referral fees, LASPO and the SRA Principles, issued on 11 October 2013
- Guidance on the prohibition of referral fees in LASPO 2012, sections 56-60
- Referral fees FAQs
- SRA correspondence (of 25 March 2013) to firms for which personal injury comprises 50 per cent or more of all work
As we and firms learn more about the impacts of the ban, an archive of case studies will be created to share experiences and hopefully provide further clarity.