SRA Standards and Regulations

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The prescribed organisations and terms under which Solicitors, RELs and RFLs are allowed to hold client money in their own name

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Client money must be kept separate

You keep client money separate from money belonging to you or the Prescribed Organisation. You ensure that you allocate promptly any funds from mixed payments you receive to the correct client account or any other accounts operated by the Prescribed Organisation. Where you are holding client money and some or all of that money will be used to pay your costs: you must give a bill of costs, or...
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SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules

Rule 8

Use of information

Each authorised body must notify the SRA (or such person as the SRA may notify to the authorised body from time to time) and its participating insurer in writing as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event no later than five business days after the date on which: the authorised body enters an extended policy period; the authorised body has entered the cessation period; and where the...
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SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules

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Special provisions for RELs

If: one or more of the principals of an insured firm are RELs who claim that professional indemnity insurance, or a professional indemnity fund, under their home professional rules provides the insured firm's practice with professional indemnity cover in all respects equivalent in its conditions and extent to that which would be provided under the MTC (Full Home State Cover); no more than 25%...
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SRA Education, Training and Assessment Provider Regulations

Regulation 6

Higher rights of audience assessment providers

Only an organisation approved by the SRA may provide assessments in higher courts civil advocacy and higher courts criminal advocacy conferring a higher courts advocacy qualification. An organisation may apply to the SRA in such manner as may be prescribed to be approved to provide such assessments. The SRA may, in relation to an application for approval: grant the application, subject to such...
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SRA Assessment of Character and Suitability Rules

Rule 3

Criminal conduct

The SRA will consider criminal conduct when assessing your character and suitability, in accordance with Table 1 below, subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions Order) 1975 and bearing in mind the public interest in supporting the rehabilitation of offenders. For the avoidance of doubt, Table 1 is a non-exhaustive list. Table...
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SRA Assessment of Character and Suitability Rules

Rule 6

Disclosure and evidential requirements

Subject to rule 6.3 below, on making an application under any of the provisions set out in rule 1.1, you must disclose all matters, wherever they have taken place (including overseas), which are relevant to the SRA's assessment of your character and suitability, including, where practicable, any information set out in Table 4 which is relevant to the matter in question. On making an...
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SRA Application, Notice, Review and Appeal Rules

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Education, Training and Assessment providers

As set out in the SRA Education, Training and Assessment Provider Regulations: A decision made under regulation 1.4(b) or 2.3(b) to refuse to grant approved education provider, authorised education provider or authorised training provider status. A decision made under regulation 1.4(a) or 2.3(a) to grant the application for approval or authorisation subject to such conditions and for such...
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SRA Code of Conduct for Firms

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Service and competence

You only act for clients on instructions from the client, or from someone properly authorised to provide instructions on their behalf. If you have reason to suspect that the instructions do not represent your client's wishes, you do not act unless you have satisfied yourself that they do. However, in circumstances where you have legal authority to act notwithstanding that it is not possible to...
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SRA Code of Conduct for Firms

6.1-6.2

Conflict of interests

You do not act if there is an own interest conflict or a significant risk of such a conflict. You do not act in relation to a matter or a particular aspect of it if you have a conflict of interest or a significant risk of such a conflict in relation to that matter or aspect of it, unless: the clients have a substantially common interest in relation to the matter or the aspect of it, as...
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SRA Accounts Rules

Rule 9

Operation of joint accounts

If, when acting in a client's matter, you hold or receive money jointly with the client or a third party, Part 2 of these rules does not apply save for: rule 8.2 - statements from banks, building societies and other financial institutions; rule 8.4 - bills and notifications of costs.