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Changes to the SRA's Code of Conduct

The SRA changed its Code of Conduct on 25 November 2019. It was the fourth time the SRA has changed the Code in 12 years.

COLPs may well feel aggrieved that the changes lead to unnecessary cost as firms try to change their practices to ensure compliance with ever-changing rules.

On the face of it, there are some dramatic changes:

  • At present, there is one Code for individuals and firms. Under the new rules, there will be two separate Codes for individuals and firms.
  • The Outcomes of the 2011 Code have been abandoned.
  • Indicative behaviours have disappeared completely. New rules, which are now called “Standards”, take their place.

There are in fact a number of changes to the Codes which COLPs need to take into account to ensure that their firms do not inadvertently breach the new Codes.

If you need advice on the COLP’s duties or the SRA’s Code of Conduct, please contact Nigel West or Susanna Heley.

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