Solicitors Regulation Authority
Independent Complaints Review Service

The Independent Complaints Review Service (ICRS), operated by CEDR Services Ltd, forms part of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA’s) approach to handling complaints about the SRA’s work.




30 working days

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What is this service?

The ICRS does not review or investigate any complaints about alleged solicitor misconduct or the SRA’s position on a matter. Rather the ICRS can only consider the quality of service provided by the SRA in their stage 1 and stage 2 complaint responses.

This service is free to users and as such the SRA pay CEDR to conduct this complaints review work. Once CEDR finalise their review, the matter is closed with no further reviews or appeals available under any circumstances. Complainants are able to take their matter to another forum, such as court if they wish to continue their complaint against the SRA.

  • If you want to know more about how we can help you with your SRA complaint, please visit our Help & Guides.

The steps you must take before submitting a complaint

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Contact the SRA

Customer raises a complaint with SRA in the first instance. Please note that this is a two stage process and we cannot accept a case if you haven’t been through both stages. Following SRA’s final stage 2 response, you have 20 working days to come to CEDR.
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Get in touch with CEDR

If a complaint is referred to CEDR for independent complaints review, we will first confirm with the SRA that you have gone through their two internal stages. This is usually done within 7 working days. If eligible, we will then send you an Application Form for you to complete and return to CEDR. This form is also accessible via our website. Please provide relevant information about your complaint against the SRA (not an individual or law firm) with your Application Form as it is your responsibility to outline and evidence your complaint about the SRA. CEDR do not request any information on your behalf.
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Making a decision

Once we receive all the information from you, the form and any supporting evidence is sent to the SRA to respond. This response is then sent to the Independent Complaints Reviewer. Having the information from both parties, the Independent Complaints Reviewer will aim to provide a final written response within 30 working days. Please note, that in some instances, due to the nature and complexity of some of these matters, a final response may not be available until after 30 working days has passed. If after 45 working days has lapsed after receipt of all information, the ICR will write to both parties to advise them of the reasons for the delay. Once a final written response is published, the matter is closed by CEDR with no appeals. Complainants are able to take their matter to another forum, such as court, if they wish to continue their complaint against the SRA further.
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Are you a business?

CEDR can provide dispute resolution services for businesses in most sectors.

  • Fast, and cost effective solutions
  • Provided at a sustainable cost
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