SRA Principles

The SRA Principles will be assessed pervasively in SQE1. You will be required to demonstrate your ability to act honestly and with integrity, and in accordance with the SRA Standards and Regulations.

Principle 1
A solicitor must act in a way that upholds the constitutional principle of the rule of law, and the proper administration of justice. For example, a solicitor ensures that all documents submitted to the court are accurate and truthful, and that all legal procedures are followed correctly, thereby supporting the fair and orderly administration of justice.

Principle 2
A solicitor must act in a way that upholds public trust and confidence in the solicitors’ profession and in legal services provided by authorised persons. For example, a solicitor maintains professionalism in all public communications, avoiding any statements or actions that could damage the reputation of the legal profession, such as making false claims about their qualifications or successes.

Principle 3
A solicitor must act with independence. For example, a solicitor refuses to alter their legal advice or representation based on external pressures from powerful clients or third parties, ensuring that their professional judgment remains unbiased and independent.

Principle 4
A solicitor must act with honesty. For example, a solicitor accurately reports all billable hours and expenses to their client, even if it means earning less than anticipated, ensuring complete transparency and honesty in financial matters.

Principle 5
A solicitor must act with integrity. For example, a solicitor declines to represent a client in a case where they know the client intends to use false evidence, maintaining integrity even if it means losing the client's business.

Principle 6
A solicitor must act in a way that encourages equality, diversity, and inclusion. For example, a solicitor implements hiring practices that promote a diverse workforce, and ensures that all staff members receive training on equality and inclusion, fostering a workplace that respects and values differences.

Principle 7
A solicitor must act in the best interests of each client. For example, a solicitor advises a client to settle out of court to avoid a lengthy and costly trial, even though the solicitor would earn more in fees if the case went to trial, prioritising the client's best interests over potential financial gain.

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