Aim of this guide

The In-Houser is a guide that aims to help in-house lawyers navigate the requirements of the SRA Standards and Regulations (the “StaRs”). It adopts a practical approach to determine what obligations apply to in-house lawyers but does not seek to promote any particular approach or best practice.

The StaRs are the culmination of a three year consultation period designed to reform and simplify the rules applying to solicitors.

Are you an Ethical Lawyer

Although in many ways a simplification of the current Handbook, there is an increased emphasis in the new rules on individual behaviour and the individual’s understanding of the ethics that lie behind the rules.

The short video below, from our own GC entitled “Are you an ethical lawyer?”, provides further detail. It is accompanied by our Ethical Lawyers Toolkit, which should enable you and your team to hold a dedicated ethics training session to kick-start your StaRs compliance programme.


About the authors

Julia is the Head of Slaughter and May’s Compliance Department, advising the firm on a wide range of regulatory matters.

Prior to joining the Compliance Department, Julia practised as a Corporate lawyer and IT specialist. She continues to be an expert on data protection and privacy-related issues.

Julia is a member of the City of London Law Society’s Professional Rules and Regulation Committee. Previously she was a member of the Law Society’s influential Money Laundering Task Force for a number of years.

Julia is a regular speaker on a range of risk-related topics at industry events, including anti-money laundering and the challenges law firms face in adopting global ethical standards.

After practising as a Corporate/M&A lawyer, Sarah established Slaughter and May’s Compliance department in 2008. She is the firm’s COLP (Compliance Officer for Legal Practice) and a member of its Risk Committee. Sarah was appointed as Slaughter and May’s first General Counsel in May 2015.

Sarah has had a significant influence on the modernisation of the regulation of the solicitors’ profession. She was a founding member of the City of London Law Society’s Professional Rules and Regulation Committee (which she chaired until September 2016) and a member of the SRA’s Standards Committee from its formation until 2012 (during which time the SRA wrote its first Handbook and introduced outcomes-focused regulation).

Sarah was given the Chief Compliance Officer of the Year award at the Women in Compliance Awards 2015. She is also a Steward of the City of London Solicitors’ Company.