1 – Getting started

Before you apply for authorisation you should think about:

– which legal services you will offer
– who has the qualifications to provide the services
– where the firm will be located
– how you will get clients
– how you will manage risk

This will help give you a better idea of the types of skills and experience you may need to run your firm. It will also help you decide the structure of your firm, for example an alternative business structure. The structure may change as you go through this process.

Read the following application forms to get a better understanding of the information you need to provide to have your firm authorised:

Please don’t worry – you may not be able to complete all parts of the forms at this stage.