The Solicitors Regulation Authority issued a new Handbook in 2011, including a new Code of Conduct, which was prompted by the introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABSs). The Handbook was introduced on a phased basis from August 2011. The key implementation date was 6 October 2011. This practice note explains the background to the Handbook and its structure. For information on how the Handbook and Code of Conduct affect common aspects of property transactions, see Practice note, SRA Handbook 2011 and Code of Conduct: issues for property lawyers.