Two months in - our Standards and Regulations


Our new Standards and Regulations replaced the SRA Handbook 2011 in November and are the culmination of four years development and consultation with the profession and public alike, with more than 35,000 providing direct input.

They focus a lot more clearly on what really matters - high professional standards and protecting the public and its money. The reforms put more trust in your professional judgment, getting rid of lots of outdated prescriptive rules and giving you more flexibility over how you work. The aim is to help more people to access the expert legal help a solicitor brings - currently only one in ten people with a legal problem use a solicitor or barrister – and to provide firms and solicitors with new opportunities

Further support where needed

We know from the numbers of you visiting the dedicated support pages for Standards and Regulations and the calls taken by our Ethics Guidance helpline that you have had little trouble in moving to the new regime. However, that does not mean there have not been a few common themes that have come up.

Where appropriate, we will publish further support on areas that you flag to us, making sure it’s as easy as possible for you to comply or take advantage of the opportunities now available.

One such area where we have had questions – and indeed where we have now published a further piece of guidance – is about when and to whom you are allowed to advertise your legal services. This explain the wide range of general advertising you are allowed to do, while using examples to illustrate the type of targeted or intrusive promotion which is not allowed.