In new guidance, the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has urged firms to consider investing in a corporate email solution that can be properly protected rather than web-based solutions.
Law firms risk missing out on significant amounts of business because they fail to properly handle incoming calls and emails, mystery shopper research has found.
Almost £3bn could be stripped from legal sector turnover by 2025 if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal according to economic forecasts released by the Law Society.
Efforts to persuade legal services consumers to shop around for their lawyer appear to be making little headway.
Regulators have begun a major review of reporting requirements for firms dealing with suspected misconduct by their employees.
The Law Commission is reviewing the anti-money laundering regime in Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the counter-terrorism financing regime in Part 3 of the Terrorism Act 2000, in order to make the consent regime more effective
How can you protect your firm from a data breach? We ask Peter Wright, member of the Law Society’s Technology and Law Committee, about the latest trends in cyber and IT security risk in a post-GDPR world
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is pushing ahead with rule changes that will create different tiers of regulation within the solicitor profession. The Law Societry has urged the Legal Services Board (LSB) to reject these proposals.
Cutting back mandatory professional indemnity insurance (PII) for solicitors would be bad for partners, law firm employees and clients alike, the Law Society has said in response to proposals to a Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consultation.
This consultation is about delivering a strong business environment - a key foundation of the Industrial Strategy - by seeking views on new proposals to strengthen and update the legal framework governing limited partnerships. The views of the following people and organisations would be particularly useful:
The Law Society has put together a briefing for members on the SRA’s current PII consultation.
The 12th annual Excellence Awards promise to be the biggest and most impressive yet, taking place at a striking new venue – Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London.
Reducing consumer protection standards in legal services would hurt solicitors and clients alike, the Law Society has said in response to proposals to slash levels of mandatory professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover for solicitors.
Since 2016, the number of organisations launching legal apprenticeship schemes has steadily grown. We asked some to share their insights on the process, and their apprentices to tell us what their experience has been like
The Legal Sustainability Alliance wants to know what you think about the UN’s Global Goals for sustainable development, and other, more wide-ranging sustainability issues
The guidance is aimed at technology, operations or security staff responsible for designing and implementing defences within for medium to large organisations. It outlines a multi-layered approach that can improve your resilience against phishing, while minimising disruption to user productivity
Would you be interested in being interviewed by a journalist on either topic and sharing your experiences with other Section members?
The Law Society has responded to two Solicitors Regulation Authority consultations: ‘Looking to the Future: better information, more choice’ and ‘Looking to the Future: phase two of our Handbook reforms’
As part of our cybersecurity and scam prevention support for law firms, we’ve launched a weekly email digest of cybersecurity news relevant to the legal sector – sign up now
The Law Society has published a briefing summarising the SRA’s proposals on handbook reform and price and service transparency
The Law Society Gazette has published a sponsored supplement on cybersecurity issues for law firms
Proposals for sweeping changes to the solicitor rulebook would create a wild west marketplace for legal services.
Anti-money laundering (AML) guidance has been drafted.
New practice note on Criminal Finances Act 2017.
Compulsory rules to publish reams of information about legal services may mislead clients rather than help them, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today.
The report includes 25 recommendations to government, focusing on issues including increasing children’s access to legal aid, reintroducing legal aid for early advice, and improving Exceptional Case Funding and the legal aid means test
The Law Society has called for an independent government inspector to enforce workplace rights, employment statuses and rights to be clearly defined in a single piece of law, and for large employers to report publicly on their employment practices
News that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is set to push ahead with changes to the rules governing solicitors has been greeted with dismay by the Law Society.
A move by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to limit the role of legal advisers to witnesses in fraud investigations has prompted the Law Society to publish guidance for solicitors.
The Law Management Section’s 2017 Annual Conference was held on 20 April. The Gazette reported on the take-home messages of the conference sessions
2016 was a year of strong growth for firms polled in the Law Society Law Management Section (LMS) Financial Benchmarking Survey 2017, which showed a median rise in income of 5.8 per cent for the mid-sized firms that participated.
The biggest news on the tax front is the planned consultation on the tax differences between the employed and self employed, writes Steve Roberts, Tax Director, Armstrong Watson.
Helping clients to make informed choices about legal services that best meet their needs is at the heart of the solicitor profession’s priorities, the Law Society said today as it published a toolkit on price and service transparency
The deadline has been extended to Monday, 12 December.
Your new eLearning portal has arrived. Section members now access their webinars and online learning through the Law Society’s Professional Development Centre
Your Section membership includes four webinars and access to discounted online training from the Law Society. You can now access these through the new Professional Development Centre – your enhanced eLearning portal that enables you to capture all your learning in one free online record.
Have you got an idea for an award category for next year’s Excellence Awards?
The SRA published a consultation on proposed changes to the Handbook for solicitor and firm regulation on 1 June. We believe that the proposals, if accepted, will leave clients and consumers with less protection and could result in a ‘two-tier’ solicitor profession
Plans to review regulation of the legal services market should be put on hold in the wake of the Brexit referendum, the Law Society of England and Wales chief executive Catherine Dixon said today as she gave evidence to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee.
The survey is now open for contributions
The results of the Law Society Law Management Section’s 2016 Financial Benchmarking Survey have recently been published. Andy Harris provides an overview.
The Law Management Section offers a Section member the amazing opportunity of free LinkedIn tuition
Chief executive Catherine Dixon welcomed the report but highlighted the need for a consistent level of protection for consumers, no matter who is providing the legal service
In the first instalment of a new series for the Law Society blog, Robin Charrot, director of Evolve Family Law and a member of the Family Section Advisory Group, reflects on the early stages of setting up his law firm
Our consultation exercise will help us refine our policy position on alternatives to client accounts and will inform discussions with the SRA and the Legal Services Board
Our position is that, to support and protect the public, regulation of legal services should be simpler, better, and continue to be independent of the state
Celebrating 10 years of Excellence
The City of London’s Economic Crime Prevention Centre has provided advice for solicitors on tackling scams targeted at solicitors’ firms. The article discusses common types of scams and offers practical prevention advice.
We have published advice on recruitment practices to promote social mobility in the solicitors’ profession. The advice was developed in response to demand from solicitors for more information on how to implement recruitment practices that promote fair and equal access to the profession for trainees from all backgrounds
SRA set to review the Accounts Rules this spring - let us have your views to form our policy position