Freedom of information
Updated 10 March 2016
Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) entitles anybody to ask a public authority in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, including government departments, for any recorded information that they keep.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is an independent body that enforces the Freedom of Information Act , the Data Protection Act and the Environmental Information Regulations, and you might find the information on their website useful.
Code of practice
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is part of the Law Society Group and the Act does not yet apply to the Law Society Group. The Group believes in being open about what it does and has its own Code of Practice. The Code explains:
- how we follow the Act
- how we handle requests for information
- how you can get information from us
- what sort of information we may be unable to let you have
It applies to all information we currently hold, whenever it came into existence, and whether it is on paper or stored electronically.
It applies equally to our regulatory and representative roles.
Freedom of information code of practice (PDF 5 pages, 61K)
How do I ask for information?
You can request access to information by printing and completing our form (available in Word and PDF format below) and posting it to us.
You must clearly state what information you are requesting and supply your name and address. You do not need to say why you want the information, although it might help us to find the information you require if you do.
Access to information form (DOC 2 pages, 553K)
Access to information form (Editable PDF 2 pages, 77K)
You can also request access to information by sending an email or letter to the Information Compliance team.
If you are looking for personal information about yourself, please see Data Protection.
When will I receive the information?
In most cases, we will aim to respond to your request within 20 working days of receiving it and if we cannot we will explain why and let you know when you will receive a reply.
Can my request be declined?
We will provide you with the information unless there is a good reason for not doing so - for example if your request relates to the personal details of another person. If we decline your request, we will let you know why we made this decision. If you do not agree, you can ask us to reconsider our decision.
What format can I request information to be in?
You can request that your information is supplied in any format (for example paper or electronically), although there may be a charge for some formats.
For freedom of information (FOI) adjudications relating to the SRA, please see Law Society FOI adjudications.
Please use www.sra.org.uk/foi to link to this page.