Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

 

The SRA is the regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales and regulates more than 180,000 solicitors in England and Wales.

Its purpose is to protect the public by ensuring its solicitors meet high standards, and by acting when risks are identified.

The solicitors' profession includes single-solicitor practices and large firms with a global presence and thousands of lawyers. Solicitors also work in the justice system, in government and within companies. All solicitors follow the same professional principles and code of conduct.

The SRA was established in January 2007 and was previously called the Law Society Regulation Board. They changed their name to emphasise their independence and to make what they do clearer.  The SRA operate within a regulatory framework and its strategy is determined by its board.