SRA Authorisation of Individuals Regulations


Introduction

These regulations set out the SRA's requirements relating to the authorisation of individuals as solicitors in terms of admission, and the issuing of practising certificates and the registration of individuals as an REL or RFL. They set out the effect of SRA authorisation on how an individual may practise, the requirements for and how the SRA will decide applications for authorisation, the conditions that apply during authorisation, and how authorisation may be revoked.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for authorisation, or need to be authorised, please see our guidance.

They also set out the education and training requirements in place for those seeking to be admitted as solicitors, and to exercise higher rights of audience in the higher courts of England and Wales. Education and training underpins the regulation of solicitors and it seeks to ensure the development of competent and ethical practitioners.

The regulations also govern the qualification process for solicitors and barristers or other UK qualified lawyers seeking admission as a solicitor of England and Wales from another jurisdiction.

This introduction does not form part of the SRA Authorisation of Individuals Regulations.

Part 1: Admission as a solicitor

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Admission, retention, removal, and restoration to the roll

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Part 2: Practising certificates for solicitors and registration as a European or foreign lawyer

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What authorisation entitles you to do

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Future changes

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Supplemental notes

Made by the SRA Board on 30 May 2018.

Made under sections 2, 13, 28 and 31 of the Solicitors Act 1974 and section 89 of, and paragraphs 2 and 3 of Schedule 14 to, the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.

You are reading current version in effect from 25 November 2019

Guidance

Vocational training for trainee solicitors

This guidance is to answer some of the common questions you may have about the steps you need to take to complete the vocational part of training to become a solicitor.

Preparing to become a sole practitioner or an SRA-regulated freelance solicitor

Solicitors intending to set-up a business trading on their own account providing legal services to the public.

Does my employer need to be authorised by an approved regulator?

This flow chart and the accompanying notes are intended to assist solicitors, registered European lawyers and registered foreign lawyers in deciding whether their employer needs to be authorised under the LSA.

Not for profit sector summary

To help you understand the key area of the SRA's Standards and Regulations most relevant to working in this sector.