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Donate unclaimed client accounts

Since October 2014, residual client account balances of up to £500 can be donated to charity without authorisation from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

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Dealing with unclaimed client accounts can be a challenge. They take up extra time when reconciling accounts, creating more administrative work, as they must be accounted for and explained on an annual basis. You can donate unclaimed client accounts to RNIB if reasonable attempts have failed to establish the identity and contact details of the money's owner.

How solicitors can donate unclaimed client accounts to RNIB

Where the rightful owner cannot be traced, you may donate the unclaimed client funds to RNIB. Below is some information to help so can donate unclaimed client accounts.

Bank transfer

Please contact [email protected] to arrange a bank transfer.

Transferring amounts over £500

Amounts over £500 can also be paid to RNIB provided the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) grants permission. To obtain permission please contact the Professional Ethics Guidance Team at the SRA:

Professional Ethics, The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RN

DX: 720293 Birmingham 47

Tel: 0370 606 2577

Email: [email protected]

Further guidance and the relevant application form may also be found on the SRA website.

Subject to confirmation that you have obtained the necessary SRA approval, we will email you acknowledgement of receipt, and provide a signed individual indemnity letter for your records.

RNIB has sufficient safeguards in place to guarantee that all funds if reclaimed will be refunded.

Further information

If you’ve got any questions about donating unclaimed client accounts, contact us:

Use our template letter below to notify your intention to donate the unclaimed funds.

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