The Solicitors Regulation Authority has issued a new Handbook, including a new Code of Conduct, which is prompted by the possibility of Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) opening for business from 6 October 2011. The Handbook is being introduced on a phased basis, beginning in August 2011. The key implementation date was 6 October 2011. This practice note explains the background to the new Handbook and its structure. For information on how the new Handbook and Code of Conduct will affect common aspects of property transactions, see Practice note, SRA Handbook 2011 and Code of Conduct: issues for property lawyers.