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”) which will be introduced from 25 November 2019. 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.

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.