Client accounting systems and controls

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Helping you keep accurate client accounting records - Guidance

Guidance: Understand your obligations under the SRA Accounts Rules to keep accurate accounting records relating to the receipt and handling of client money.

Joint accounts and record keeping - Guidance

Guidance: Understand the types of joint accounts that you can operate and the records which you will need to keep in order to comply with the SRA Accounts Rules.

Glossary terms


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

client money

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

authorised body


  1. a body that has been authorised by the SRA to practise as a licensed body or a recognised body; or
  2. a sole practitioner's practice that has been authorised by the SRA as a recognised sole practice
client account

has the meaning given to it in the SRA Accounts Rules


has the meaning given in section 87(1) of the SA

building society

means a building society within the meaning of the Building Societies Act 1986


means a compliance officer for finance and administration and in relation to a licensable body is a reference to its HOFA



  1. the sole principal in a recognised sole practice;
  2. a member of a LLP;
  3. a director of a company;
  4. a partner in a partnership; or
  5. in relation to any other body, a member of its governing body

means your fees and disbursements