Recognised sole practitioners: Expiry and revocation

Last updated 28 March 2012

If you are a recognised sole practitioner, you will be authorised by us in accordance with regulation 4 of the SRA Practising Regulations 2011.

Authorisation will expire on

  • the expiry or revocation of your practising certificate or registration as an REL; or
  • a condition is imposed on your practising certificate or registration which prevents you from practising as a sole practitioner; or
  • the date on which recognised sole practitioners are passported to become recognised bodies under rule 28.2 of the SRA Authorisation Rules 2011.

In these circumstances you are no longer entitled to practice as a sole practitioner. You should take appropriate action to protect the interests of your clients

Revocation of your practising certificate or registration

We may revoke your practising certificate or registration as an REL

  • at any time, if we are satisfied it was granted as a result of error or fraud;
  • on a date we decide, if the replacement or renewal date has passed and we have not received your application for replacement or renewal;
  • at any time, if you are an REL and we are satisfied you have no intention of practising in the UK on a permanent basis;
  • when refusing to replace your practising certificate or renew your registration.

We must give you 28 days notice of our decision, with reasons. Revocation takes effect:

  • on expiry of the notice; or
  • on a later date as stated in the notice.

You may appeal our decision.

If you have appealed within 28 days, revocation will not take effect until determination or discontinuance of the appeal.

Revocation of authorisation as a recognised sole practitioner

We may revoke authorisation at any time if

  • authorisation was granted as a result or error or fraud;
  • you are not practising from an office in England and Wales;
  • you do not continue to meet the criteria for authorisation;
  • you have temporary emergency recognition but have not started a substantive application within the appropriate period;
  • you have decided not to renew authorisation.

We must give you 28 days notice of our decision, with reasons. Revocation takes effect

  • on expiry of the notice; or
  • on a late date as stated in the notice.

You may appeal our decision.

If you have appealed within 28 days, revocation will not take effect until determination or discontinuance of the appeal.

Appealing a decision to impose conditions

You may invoke our internal appeals procedure before exercising your right of appeal to the High Court. You must do so within 28 days of receipt of notification. Your appeal must state clearly the reasons for your disagreement with our decision.

An appeal to us can have the following outcomes:

  • We may vary the first instance decision.
  • The decision on appeal might improve or worsen the outcome from your point of view.

If you disagree with our appeal decision, you can appeal to the High Court. You must do so either

  • within 28 days of notification of our first instance decision; or
  • within 28 days of notification of refusal to an appeal under our internal appeals procedure

as appropriate.

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