A body corporate or incorporate recognised by the CLC under s.32 of the 1985 Act to provide regulated services to the public.
A Recognised Body is a practice (sole practitioner, partnership, limited liability partnership or a company) that must be wholly owned by the authorised person i.e. a Licensed Conveyancer, Solicitor, or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. The authorised persons will operate and manage the business and deliver the regulated services direct to the public. At least one authorised person must hold a CLC licence with a manager designation. The recognised body can deliver conveyancing and probate services if there are authorised persons in the practice with relevant specialism for these reserved activities.
A manager is:
(Note that a solicitor and FCILEx can apply for a CLC licence with a manager designation and still retain their SRA/FCILEx practising certificate if they wish.)
If you are interested in setting up a Recognised Body Practice regulated by the CLC, please email our licensing department on email@example.com with your expression of interest. Our licensing team will then arrange an introductory phone call and any follow up meeting that will take place in person before you complete any documentation.
Guidance notes for CLC Practice Applicants
It is essential you take a look at CLC’s guidance for practice applicants.
You may want to familiarise yourself with the CLC’s current and past consultations, as well as the CLC’s responses to external consultations.