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