Introduction

These provisions set out the SRA's arrangements for the authorisation of firms. This includes recognised bodies, licensed bodies and recognised sole practices.

The rules set out our authorisation and application requirements, the effect of authorisation by the SRA on the legal activities such bodies may provide, and how and when we may restrict or limit a firm’s authorisation or bring it to an end.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for authorisation, or need to be authorised, please see our guidance [link].

This introduction does not form part of the SRA Authorisation of Firms Rules.

Part 1: Eligibility

Part 2: Determination of authorisation applications, duration and validity

Part 3: Effect of authorisation and conditions of practice

General conditions of practice

Part 4: Approval of role holders

Part 5: Succession, loss of eligibility and temporary emergency authorisation

Annexes

Supplemental notes

Made by the SRA Board on 30 May 2018.

Made under sections 31 of the Solicitors Act 1974, sections 9 and 9A of the Administration of Justice Act 1985, and section 83 of, and Schedule 11 to, the Legal Services Act 2007.