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Approval denied

Without our prior approval,

This means that, if we need to take regulatory action against non-lawyer managers, sole practitioners, or firms, we can decide to withdraw our approval and prevent them from working in the way they previously did. We may publish such decisions.

Decisions of this type are listed and explained below. A summary of the reasons for our decision is part of the record of each decision.

Withdraw approval of non-lawyer manager

 Non-lawyers are allowed to be managers or owners of the firms we regulate. However, the firm must first obtain our approval. We only approve if we are satisfied that the proposed manager or owner and the firm meet certain criteria, set out in regulation 5 of the SRA Recognised Bodies Regulations 2011. If we decide to withdraw approval, we may publish this decision.

Authorisation revoked – recognised sole practitioner

Solicitors and registered European lawyers are able to practice on their own account as a sole practitioner. Before they can do so, they need authorisation from us to enable them to provide legal services. We may decide to revoke someone's authorisation. If we do so, we may publish this decision.

Revocation of recognition – recognised bodies

Firms need to be recognised by us each year. This enables them to provide legal services. We may decide to revoke recognition during the year. If we do so, we may publish this decision. If recognition has been revoked, it does not have our permission to provide legal services.

Suspension of PC/registration

It is possible for a solicitor's practising certificate (PC) or registration of registered European lawyers (RELs) or registered foreign lawyers (RFLs) to be suspended, either by us or the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). This means the person is not entitled to practise as a solicitor while their suspension continues. Sometimes suspensions occur automatically, for example if a solicitor is bankrupt.

If the published regulatory decision to suspend a solicitor's PC or registration has been followed by a decision marked "termination of suspension of PC/registration", it means they are no longer suspended. However, because not all decisions are published, you should contact us for a more complete picture of the individual's regulatory record.

Termination of suspension of PC/registration

If we or the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal have suspended the practising certificate (PC) of a solicitor, or the registration of a registered European lawyer (REL) or registered foreign lawyer (RFL), they are not permitted to work as a solicitor. They can apply to have the suspension lifted. If we agree to lift the suspension, then we may publish the decision "termination of suspension of PC/registration".

If you are looking at an individual's regulatory record and a decision to suspend a PC or registration has not been followed with a decision to terminate the suspension, you should contact us to find out whether the suspension is still in force, as not all decisions are published.

Refusal to grant PC/Registration

Solicitors, registered European lawyers and registered foreign lawyers have to apply to us for their practising certificate (PC) or registration in order to be able to provide legal services. If they do not meet our requirements, we may refuse to grant a practising certificate or registration. This may be because they do not have the required qualifications, they have a criminal record, or they have been declared bankrupt. We may publish the decision to refuse to grant a PC or registration.

Important notes

Not all regulatory decisions are published—read more about our publication policy.

Only decisions made since early 2008 are published on this site. Decisions remain on the site for three years.

For the most up-to-date and complete picture of an individual's regulatory record, please contact us.

Read more about how we regulate.