SRA Report Checklist: Essential Elements for a Comprehensive Assessment

SRA Report Checklist: Essential Elements for a Comprehensive Assessment

SRA Report Checklist: Essential Elements for a Comprehensive Assessment

10th July 2023 | Audit

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) plays a crucial role in regulating solicitors and law firms in the UK. As part of their regulatory framework, the SRA requires solicitors and law firms to submit regular reports to ensure compliance with their rules and regulations. 

These reports, commonly known as SRA reports, are comprehensive assessments that evaluate a firm's systems, controls, and financial practices.

In this blog post, we will provide you with a helpful checklist that outlines the essential elements for a comprehensive SRA report. By understanding these elements and ensuring their inclusion in your report, you can demonstrate your firm's commitment to compliance and adherence to the SRA's standards.

Understanding SRA Reporting

Before we delve into the checklist, let's take a moment to understand what SRA reporting entails. The SRA requires solicitors and law firms to submit periodic reports that assess various aspects of their operations, including financial management, risk management, compliance with the SRA Accounts Rules, and anti-money laundering procedures. These reports help the SRA assess a firm's compliance with their regulations and identify any areas of concern or improvement.

SRA Report Checklist

To ensure a comprehensive SRA report, consider including the following essential elements:

1. Financial Statements and Disclosures

Include accurate and up-to-date financial statements, including a balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and cash flow statement. Disclose any relevant financial information required by the SRA, such as client account balances, residual balances, and reconciliation statements.

2. Compliance with SRA Accounts Rules

Demonstrate compliance with the SRA Accounts Rules by providing evidence of proper client money handling, including accurate record-keeping, client bank account reconciliations, and regular internal audits.

3. Risk Management Framework

Outline your firm's risk management framework, including policies and procedures for identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks. Highlight any specific risk areas relevant to your firm's operations and the measures in place to manage them effectively.

4. Anti-Money Laundering Procedures

Detail your firm's anti-money laundering procedures, including client due diligence processes, staff training programs, and ongoing monitoring of transactions. Demonstrate your adherence to the Money Laundering Regulations and provide evidence of your compliance efforts.

5. Systems and Controls

Evaluate and document your firm's internal systems and controls, including information security, data protection, and confidentiality protocols. Highlight any improvements or changes made to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your systems.

Related: How to Prepare for an Audit

Benefits of SRA Audit Services

Partnering with a trusted and experienced firm, such as ARK Chartered Certified Accountants , for your SRA audit offers numerous benefits. 

Our team of professionals specializes in SRA audits and can provide valuable insights, including:

  • Thorough preparation of required documents for HMRC and the SRA
  • Suggestions for enhancing systems and controls for ongoing efficiency
  • Knowledge of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) regulations and compliance requirements
  • Expertise in preparing accounts, tax returns, and solicitor's accounts rules work


Submitting a comprehensive SRA report is crucial for solicitors and law firms to demonstrate their compliance with the SRA's regulations. By following our checklist and seeking professional assistance from ARK Chartered Certified Accountants, you can ensure that your SRA report is thorough, accurate, and reflective of your firm's commitment to compliance.

Contact us today at 0161 706 1998 or email us at [email protected] to discuss how our SRA audit services can benefit your firm and help you meet your regulatory obligations effectively.

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