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    All above board

    2 August 2016 By Jason Mitchell

    The SRA Code of Conduct obliges law firms to ensure their fees are transparent to their clients. Firms must not be seen to generate secret profits. Jason Mitchell looks at how to maintain compliance

  • Paul Bennett

    Helping handbook?

    2 August 2016 By Paul Bennett, Melanie O’Brien, Matt Howgate, Sarah Charlton

    In June, the Solicitors Regulation Authority launched a consultation on proposed changes to the SRA Handbook. But are the changes the right ones? And how could they affect firms and their leaders? Paul Bennett, Melanie O’Brien, Matt Howgate and Sarah Charlton consider

  • Nicola Jones

    The final countdown

    6 May 2016 By Nicola Jones, Jane Green-Armytage

    The changes to continuing professional development will be mandatory from 1 November 2016. Nicola Jones and Jane Green-Armytage look at how firms are responding, and the pros and cons of adapting the old regime versus embracing a competency-based approach

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    A gentle nudge

    6 May 2016 By Barry Vitou

    Why don’t most compliance programmes work in practice? Because the traditional theory on which they are based doesn’t take into account how people really behave. Barry Vitou looks at what we can learn from a more recent approach: nudge theory

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    City of London Police issues advice for solicitors on preventing scams

    3 March 2016 Updated: 15 March 2016

    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.

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    SRA to review Handbook and Accounts Rules - have your say

    10 February 2016

    SRA set to review the Accounts Rules this spring - let us have your views to form our policy position

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    Much obliged

    10 February 2016 By Lucy Trevelyan

    Outcomes-focused regulation was intended to offer firms greater flexibility, but many now cite compliance obligations as a significant burden. Leading commentators and practitioners talk to Lucy Trevelyan about trends in regulation, and offer their top tips for effective compliance.

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    Law Society publishes guidance on 'Continuing Competence'

    4 February 2016

    The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors to help them adapt to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new learning and development regime, known as ‘Continuing Competence’

  • Ethics

    Law Society launches interactive ethics training

    3 December 2015

    The Law Society has launched the first of a suite of interactive ethical scenarios, through its online continuing professional development centre, to support solicitors to recognise and navigate difficult situations they may encounter in their professional lives

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    Reform of financial management regulation

    27 October 2015 By Crispin Passmore

    Crispin Passmore explains how the SRA intends to reform how it regulates financial management in response to changes in consumer and market behaviours