The New SRA Standards and Regulations


Lorraine Richardson


The SRA’s new Standards and Regulations came into force on 25 November 2019 and replaced the 2011 SRA Handbook entirely. There are now two Codes of Conduct – one for firms and one for solicitors. The SRA has issued very little guidance as to how the Standards and Regulations will be applied and interpreted.

This practical course will consider the key changes, focussing on the Code of Conduct for solicitors. Discussion with delegates will be encouraged. We will consider practical scenarios and how you and your firm might comply. Or fail to comply!

Level – this course is aimed at all staff in a solicitor’s practice who need to understand the workings of the new Standards and Regulations – whether qualified or support staff. COLPs, COFAs and anyone involved with compliance will find it useful.


  1. Why the changes?
  2. The 7 new Principles of Practice.
  3. The two new Codes of Conduct.
  4. How might the SRA approach enforcement?
  5. What guidance has the SRA given?
  6. Practical examples


Group session (max. 20 delegates)


3 hours

Trainer Profile

Lorraine Richardson (MA) Cantab is an experienced solicitor and freelance legal trainer, specialising in residential conveyancing. Lorraine has a wealth of experience in legal training in a variety of legal training organisations and both designed and delivered the Land Registry Qualification whilst with the College of Law. Lorraine has also designed and delivered many management-related courses including Client Care and Professional Standards, Management Courses Stage 1 & 2 and Presentation Skills.

Lorraine delivers bespoke courses for in house firms and also covers: compliance, legal skills and professional conduct. Lorraine is a co-editor of the popular and practical Law Society publication ‘Conveyancing Forms and Procedures’. Lorraine is a main contributor for the monthly update publication for practitioners, ‘The Practical Lawyer’.

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