What can I do as a self-employed member without obtaining
further practice rights?
Fellows may act as Commissioners for Oaths.
You are able to provide non-reserved legal services which
include, for example, general legal advice, employment law, wills,
trusts and estate administration.
However, you must be able to demonstrate that you are competent
to offer such services. This is particularly important if you are
self-employed, and therefore not supervised.
You should seek legal advice if you are working independently
and undertaking any type of work which may fall within the scope of
any of the reserved legal activities.
Working in a field closely related to litigation, you may
provide services such as, for example, taking witness statements.
You must ensure you do not perform any functions which may be
considered to be “ancillary” to the conduct of litigation. This is
specifically prohibited by the Legal Services Act 2007, but
unfortunately it is not defined within the Act. If you are
considering offering any litigation-related
business independently (without applying for litigation
practice rights), you should seek independent legal
advice to ensure you do not fall foul of the provisions in the
Legal Services Act, particularly as there is no definition in the
Act, and case law which may suggest what it includes, has not been
You may only carry out the regulated activities of providing
claims management services or immigration services if you are
appropriately authorised or exempt from authorisation.
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