Client money

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Taking money for your firm's costs - Guidance

Guidance: For all SRA-authorised firms and individuals that receive money and assets from clients and third parties and use that money to pay fees and disbursements.

Glossary terms

client money

has the meaning given in rule 2.1 of the SRA Accounts Rules

regulated services

means the legal and other professional services that you provide that are regulated by the SRA and includes, where appropriate, acting as a trustee or as the holder of a specified office or appointment


means the person for whom you act and, where the context permits, includes prospective and former clients

in the SRA Financial Services (Scope) Rules, in relation to any regulated financial services activities carried on by an authorised body for a trust or the estate of a deceased person (including a controlled trust), means the trustees or personal representatives in their capacity as such and not any person who is a beneficiary under the trust or interested in the estate


means your own charges or profit costs (including any VAT element)


means any costs or expenses paid or to be paid to a third party on behalf of the client or trust (including any VAT element) save for office expenses such as postage and courier fees

client account

has the meaning given to it in the SRA Accounts Rules


means your fees and disbursements