SRA Handbook 2011: how does it apply to in-house lawyers?
The SRA Handbook 2011, in force since 6 October 2011, gathers into one place all the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rules that apply to regulated individuals and entities. Since its introduction, there have been several changes to the Handbook, including the introduction of the SRA Overseas Rules 2013 and a new way of assuring competence for solicitors.
More recently, in June 2016, the SRA published the first of what is expected to be several consultations on its new Handbook. A revised Handbook is not expected until mid-to-late 2017.
This note focuses on the obligations imposed on in-house lawyers employed to work as England and Wales solicitors within commerce and industry, and who practise either in England and Wales or in other jurisdictions.