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  • money laundering

    AML crackdown?

    28 March 2019

    Helena Mumdzjana gives us a quick update on professional body supervisors’ approach to money laundering and risk assessments.

  • law society stairs

    Risk and Compliance conference 2019

    28 March 2019

    Janet Noble gives a summary of last month’s Risk and Compliance conference.

  • Brexit - person in Union Jack jacket holding compass

    Brexit and practising rights

    25 March 2019

    Anna Drozd and Betty-Ann Morain of the Joint Brussels Office of the Law Societies look at practice rights in the light of Brexit.

  • money coins

    SRA Price and Transparency Rules - the impact so far

    25 February 2019

    Iain Miller, partner at Kingsley Napley, considers the impact of the SRA’s price transparency requirements.

  • The Solicitor's regulation authority

    SRA Accounts Rules 2019 - the key changes

    25 February 2019

    Andrew Allen, head of legal sector at PKF Francis Clark, looks at the anticipated changes to the Accounts Rules under the forthcoming SRA Standards and Regulations.

  • GDPR caution keyboard

    Data protection and Brexit - what's next?

    4 February 2019

    Our technology policy officer Tim Hill looks at what happens with data protection should there be a no-deal Brexit.

  • Lexcel logo

    Lexcel update - what's new?

    24 January 2019

    Grahame Davidson, director of the Professional Services Group at commercial insurance brokers Aon updates us on regulatory changes to the Lexcel Standard.

  • Handshake

    Client care - back to basics

    10 January 2019

    Amanda Croxon, senior risk and compliance solicitor at Howard Kennedy, takes a whistle-stop tour of your client care obligations.

  • The Solicitor's regulation authority

    SRA Handbook changes - an update

    10 December 2018

    Marzena Lipman, policy adviser in the Regulatory Affairs Unit gives us an update on the upcoming SRA Handbook changes expected in the spring of next year.

  • money laundering

    AML and Financial Crime conference 2018 - a report

    3 December 2018

    The 2018 Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime conference was a great success.

  • change

    Changing times - what's in store for 2019?

    30 November 2018

    Michelle Garlick, partner at Weightmans, looks at what regulatory changes and compliance challenges we can expect in 2019.

  • suitcase of money

    Risk assessments - back to basics

    14 November 2018

    Legal services remain attractive to money launderers and every so often it’s important to check that the fundamental elements of your risk procedure are in place. Pearl Moses revisits the core elements of risk assessments.

  • Price Transparency Toolkit logo

    Price transparency - ready or not?

    14 November 2018 By Sarah Brodie

    In December this year, the SRA Transparency Rules will come into force requiring law firms to publish certain price, service and regulatory information. Sarah Brodie outlines the details.

  • Solicitors and Money Laundering

    Book review: Solicitors and Money Laundering (4th edition)

    23 October 2018 By Helena Mumdzjana

    Helena Mumdzjana reviews Solicitors and Money Laundering (4th edition) by Amy Bell and Peter Camp (Law Society Publishing, 2018). 

  • insurance signpost

    Insurance Distribution Directive - ready or not?

    25 September 2018 By Gillian Roche-Saunders

    The Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) was implemented on the 1 October 2018. Gillian Roche-Saunders, Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, looks at the detail

  • conference people

    Risk and Compliance Autumn Conference 2018

    25 September 2018

    Some of you may have attended our Autumn Risk and Compliance last month in Leeds but in case you missed it, we had over 100 delegates on the day with a packed programme covering SRA changes, price transparency, AI and blockchain, AML, GDPR as well as ethics and social media and privacy.

  • GDPR caution keyboard

    GDPR – the first 100 days

    19 September 2018 By Neil Partridge

    Neil Partridge, operations director at PDA Legal and a Lexcel assessor, considers the practical application of data protection in legal practice.

  • 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.

  • cyber security

    Do you need cyber insurance?

    20 August 2018

    Following several highly publicised attacks on law firms, including the DLA Piper ransomware attack and the Paradise and Panama Papers data breaches, there has been an uptake in firms buying cyber insurance. James Noon, senior vice president of Paragon International Insurance Brokers Ltd, looks at the options.

  • Image of a lock

    GDPR and your employees

    26 July 2018

    Law firms are often also employers and as such hold personal data on both current and former employees as well as clients. Pearl Moses looks at GDPR from an employer’s perspective.

  • london finance

    Sanctions – a practical guide

    18 July 2018 By Rina Amin

    Rina Amin, a risk and compliance solicitor at Howard Kennedy LLP, looks at how to avoid breaching UK sanctions and ensure compliance.

  • sra

    SRA Handbook update - what’s new?

    22 June 2018

    Last week the SRA announced a series of decisions on the outcome of its Handbook reforms. Marzena Lipman, Policy Adviser, gives an overview of the changes.

  • Price Transparency Toolkit logo

    Publishing your prices - what did the SRA say?

    19 June 2018

    Last week the SRA announced it would proceed with controversial proposals to require firms to publish pricing information on their websites. Michael Lonergan, policy adviser, outlines the changes announced.

  • Exit

    Planning an exit strategy

    31 May 2018 By Helen Carr

    Deciding to cease practising or change careers can be difficult decisions to make, particularly if you own a law firm. Helen Carr, co-author of the Law Society’s Exit Strategies Toolkit, looks at the personal and practical considerations and the regulatory requirements that should form a part of ...

  • Woman holding finger to lips - non-disclosure agreement (NDA)

    Non-disclosure agreements – reporting requirements

    24 May 2018 By Mena Ruparel

    Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are a hot topic following the highly publicised use of them by Harvey Weinstein to keep a lid on any potential sexual harassment claims. Mena Ruparel considers the reporting requirements for solicitors in light of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) warning notice.

  • GDPR Mapping data - filing cabinets

    GDPR – auditing and mapping your data

    24 May 2018

    The Risk and Compliance Service has done a lot of work providing practical advice on devising a clear ‘action plan’ on how to comply with the GDPR. Pearl Moses looks at conducting an audit to map out all the data your firm holds.

  • 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.

  • eu data protection

    Data subject access requests - your questions answered

    30 April 2018 By Pearl Moses

    Pearl Moses looks at the requirement of data subject access requests and how to manage them.

  • padlock circuit board

    GDPR - do you need a data protection officer?

    27 April 2018

    Andrew McWhir, Policy Advisor at the Law Society, looks at whether your firm will need to appoint a data protection officer.

  • gdpr graphic

    FAQs on the GDPR

    25 April 2018

    We answer some frequently asked questions on the upcoming GDPR

  • crowd 390x234

    Risk and Compliance Conference 2018

    4 April 2018

    Insight from this year’s Risk and Compliance Conference which took place in March. 

  • sorry sign

    Owning up to mistakes – what is the right thing to do?

    4 April 2018 By Pearl Moses

    The Law Society held a symposium, ‘Owning up to Mistakes’ and during one of its workshop sessions Pearl Moses led a lively discussion on honesty, integrity and how to deal with mistakes when they inevitably happen. She offers her top tips here.

  • pathways

    Pathways to a career in risk and compliance

    4 April 2018

    Looking for a change of job? We asked some risk professionals how they forged successful careers in risk and compliance.

  • legal training toolkit cover

    Book review: Legal Training Tooklit

    5 March 2018

    Helen Carr reviews the recently published Legal Training Toolkit

  • dublin philharmonic orchestra 390x234

    Orchestrating Compliance

    5 March 2018

    Funke Abimbola General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance at Roche gives us some insights into her career journey in risk.

  • masked-man-on-phone-computer

    Ransomware: is your firm at risk?

    5 March 2018

    Ransomware continues to dominate the cybersecurity landscape, and with the well-publicised attack on DLA Piper last year, it’s clear that law firms are not immune to the threat. Here are some top tips to keep your firm safe.

  • randc

    Ask the experts – what can we expect in 2018?

    5 February 2018

    We ask some compliance experts what regulatory challenges can be expected for risk professionals in the coming year.

  • right and wrong

    Case report – the test for dishonesty

    2 February 2018

    Nigel West reports on an important Supreme Court decision that has changed the test for dishonesty in disciplinary proceedings.

  • tax evasion

    Criminal Finances Act 2017 - a quick guide

    26 January 2018

    Rebecca Atkinson, Director of Risk at Howard Kennedy LLP, sets out the requirements of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 and outlines how you can comply in a practical and straightforward way.

  • eu flag 390x234

    Getting to know the GDPR - data breaches

    11 December 2017 Updated: 1 May 2018

    The General Data Protection Regulation will introduce new reporting requirements and financial penalties with regard to data breaches. Anna Drozd, EU professional practice policy advisor, and Arfah Chaudry, intern, look at the key changes for law solicitors.

  • hacker

    Top tips to protect you from email fraud

    11 December 2017

    With law firms under a duty to replace any lost client funds, the financial burden of email fraud attacks could be crippling. We give our top tips below.

  • risk390x234

    Risk – your new best friend?

    8 December 2017 By Pearl Moses

    With all the current regulatory challenges firms need risk registers now more than ever – but how many is enough? Pearl Moses discusses how you can make your risk register more holistic in order to manage uncertainty.

  • 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. 

  • money laundering

    AML and Financial Crime Conference 2017 - a summary

    6 December 2017

    A summary of the this year’s AML and Financial Crime conference. 

  • exit sign 390x222

    Ethical exits - what to do when you lose key staff

    30 October 2017

    Tracey Calvert looks at how to meet all the compliance and ethical obligations the regulator requires when one or more fee earners or staff leave a legal business.

  • Pearl Moses

    Are you ready for the Criminal Finances Act 2017?

    30 October 2017

    The Criminal Finances Act 2017 came into force on 30 September 2017. Pearl Moses looks at what you need to do.

  • Price Transparency Toolkit logo

    Price and service transparency - how will it affect you?

    26 October 2017

    In late September, the SRA opened its three month consultation on improving the availability of information for consumers. Michael Lonergan, policy adviser, gives an overview of the consultation and encourages members to share their views on it.

  • Risk and Compliance Autumn Conference 2017

    9 October 2017

    Janet Noble, Risk and Compliance Product Manager, reports on our recent conference.

  • Pearl Moses

    The SRA Handbook - a new and slimmer look

    3 October 2017

    Pearl Moses gives us a summary of the main changes proposed by the SRA in the new, slimmed down version of the SRA Handbook.

  • aml

    AML Regulations 2017 - are they embedded in your firm?

    2 October 2017

    Alison Matthews considers the requirements of the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Regulations 2017 and highlights the key changes you need to make to ensure you’re compliant within a very short time frame. 

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