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Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

We set the Principles and a Code of Conduct that those regulated by us have to abide by in order to provide legal services. We take an outcomes-focused, risk-based approach to regulation, to make sure that individuals and firms that we regulate operate independently and with integrity in the interests of their clients and in the wider public interest.

We supervise firms and individuals who are regulated by us, and can take enforcement action against those caught breaching our Principles. We have a range of legal powers that enable us to take a variety of different actions according to the severity of the breach and the risk posed to the public and the profession.

Our aim is to give the public full confidence in the solicitors’ profession.
We set the standards for qualifying as a solicitor. We monitor the performance of organisations that provide legal training. We draft the rules of professional conduct, particularly to make sure they protect the interests of clients. We provide authoritative guidance and rules to solicitors on ethical issues, laws and regulations that affect solicitors’ work. We administer the roll (register) of solicitors. We provide information to the public about solicitors, their work and the standards the public is entitled to expect. We set requirements for solicitors’ continuing professional development


We are the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the independent regulatory body created by the Law Society, regulating

solicitors of England and Wales
law firms of England and Wales
non-lawyers, who can be either managers or employees of firms that we regulate; and
other types of lawyer, such as registered foreign lawyers (RFLs) and registered European lawyers (RELs).
We are not the only regulatory body within the legal profession, as there are different types of legal professionals regulated by other regulatory bodies—read more about where we fit with other approved regulators.
Our contact centre can help with most queries.
Phone
0370 606 2555 inside the UK (Call costs guide from Ofcom)
Opening hours
08.00 to 18.00, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
09.30 to 18.00, Tuesday

Help lines
Professional ethics helpline for solicitors

For advice on the SRA Handbook, call 0370 606 2577 (inside the UK), 09.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday.

Law Society Practice Advice Service for solicitors

For advice and support on all aspects of legal practice, solicitors can call 020 7320 5675 (inside the UK), 09.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday. The Practice Advice Service is one of several helplines for solicitors run by the Law Society.
0370 606 2555
Contact form on the website
Solicitors Regulation Authority, The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street
Birmingham
B1 1RN

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