All individuals applying for admission or restoration to the roll of solicitors or those applying for or renewing their registration to be an REL or an RFL must be of satisfactory character and suitability. Those applying to become an authorised role holder, must be fit and proper to hold the role, and for ease we use the term “character and suitability” in this context also.

These provisions set out the kind of factors we will take into account when considering your character and suitability, and the obligations you have, both at the outset and on an ongoing basis, to provide relevant information to inform the decisions we make.

These requirements are underpinned by our role to act in the public interest. For more information about the issues we consider to present a risk to the public interest, and our approach to taking regulatory action, see our Enforcement Strategy.

This introduction does not form part of the SRA Assessment of Character and Suitability Rules.

Part 1: Character and suitability requirements

Part 2: Conduct and behaviour

Part 3: Aggravating and mitigating factors

Part 4: Disclosure and evidential requirements

Supplemental notes

Made by the SRA Board on 30 May 2018.

Made under sections 28 and 31, of the Solicitors Act 1974, section 9 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985, section 89 of, and paragraphs 2 and 3 of Schedule 14 to, the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 and section 83 of, and Schedule 11 to, the Legal Services Act 2007.