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    Your client’s best interests, or your own?

    12 August 2016

    Bronwen Still, director at Infolegal, discusses the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal decision last year on a sole practitioner who received a benefit under a will.

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    Why Brexit shouldn't change your mind on the General Data Protection Regulation

    8 July 2016 By Anna Drozd

    Anna Drozd looks at the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation following the UK’s EU referendum.

  • road ahead

    What's on the regulatory horizon for 2018?

    8 December 2017

    Helen Carr reflects on the past 12 months and looks ahead at what is coming up in the next year. 

  • compliance

    What's next for the COFA? Part two

    1 June 2016 By Tracey Calvert

    Tracey Calvert, director of Oakalls consultancy Limited offers, some pointers and initial thoughts to bear in mind regarding the upcoming consultation from the SRA.

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    What's next for the COFA?

    28 April 2016 By Tracey Calvert

    In the early days of the new regulatory regime, when  compliance-officer roles were first being discussed and volunteers were being sought for the compliance officer for legal practice (COLP) and finance and administration (COFA) roles, there was a common perception that the COFA position was the lighter, easier and more manageable option. In fact, many people regarded the COFA as the little sister to the more onerous and all-encompassing big-sister COLP role. 

  • cyber security

    What is the Economic Crime Prevention Centre and what does it do?

    26 February 2016 By Katie Balls

    The City of London Police is the National Policing Lead for Fraud and home to Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Together, they collect and assess all reports of fraud made across the UK, before deciding whether the intelligence will be used to form the basis of disruption activity or police investigations. 

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    Waivers update: A rule is a rule – or is it?

    7 March 2017

    The SRA’s consultation on the use of waivers to allow greater innovation otherwise blocked by the rules closes this week. Bronwen Still takes a look.

  • Piggy bank

    Using client accounts as banking facilities

    23 August 2018

    Concerns about the improper use of client accounts have prompted the SRA to update their warning notice. We look at the key changes.

  • Lexcel logo

    Updating Lexcel - the key changes

    30 April 2018

    In a year of momentous regulatory change, Neil Partridge, Operations Director of PDA Legal and a Lexcel assessor, looks at the upcoming changes to Lexcel.

  • risk

    Unbundling the risks

    29 March 2016 By Chris Cann

    In light of the Court of Appeal decision in Minkin v Landsberg, solicitors can now offer ‘unbundled’ services without being held liable for matters beyond those in their client retainer. While widely welcomed by the profession, there are still risks involved in offering unbundling services and informally providing free legal advice that can bring you in conflict with the SRA Code of Conduct. Chris Cann explains.

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