SRA first principles of disclosure
24 January 2012
The SRA is committed to setting, promoting and securing in the public interest standards of behaviour and professional performance necessary to ensure that consumers receive a good standard of service and that the rule of law is upheld.
The principles aim to clarify how we approach dealing with the disclosure of information about individuals to other organisations. They are not intended to be exhaustive, and each case is considered on its own facts.
When we disclose
We make disclosures on a proactive and reactive basis. These may be disclosures
to another law enforcement organisation or regulator;
complying with a Court or other order requiring production;
to an insurer, lender, client or other.
For more detail about how we make decisions to publish see our guidance on publishing regulatory and disciplinary decisions.
First principles of disclosure
How we disclose
Where we receive a request from a third party we require it to be
- made in writing to the SRA by letter, fax or email;
- supported, where possible, with relevant background information
- include copies of relevant documents;
- contain the name of the person or organisation requesting the information and a return address.
Where a request is a subject individual's request for personal data we require, in addition to the above
- proof of identity and address to include at least two official documents which together prove the person's name, date of birth, current address and signature (we accept copies);
- any statutory fee required.
We enter into memoranda of understanding with other organisations and regulators. These are statements of intent and contain a set of principles the parties agree to adhere to. They do not create legal rights or liabilities but rather provide a mechanism for sharing documents and information and set out reciprocal arrangements.
Please use www.sra.org.uk/disclosure to link to this page.