These regulations set out the SRA's requirements relating to the authorisation of individuals as solicitors in terms of admission, and the issuing of practising certificates and the registration of individuals as an REL or RFL. They set out the effect of SRA authorisation on how an individual may practise, the requirements for and how the SRA will decide applications for authorisation, the conditions that apply during authorisation, and how authorisation may be revoked.

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

They also set out the education and training requirements in place for those seeking to be admitted as solicitors, and to exercise higher rights of audience in the higher courts of England and Wales. Education and training underpins the regulation of solicitors and it seeks to ensure the development of competent and ethical practitioners.

The regulations also govern the qualification process for solicitors and barristers or other UK qualified lawyers seeking admission as a solicitor of England and Wales from another jurisdiction.

This introduction does not form part of the SRA Authorisation of Individuals Regulations.

Part 1: Admission as a solicitor

Admission, retention, removal, and restoration to the roll

Part 2: Practising certificates for solicitors and registration as a European or foreign lawyer

What authorisation entitles you to do

Supplemental notes

Made by the SRA Board on 30 May 2018.

Made under sections 2, 13, 28 and 31 of the Solicitors Act 1974 and section 89 of, and paragraphs 2 and 3 of Schedule 14 to, the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.