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  • Andrew Allen

    Blow-by-blow account

    15 January 2019 By Andrew Allen

    Andrew Allen provides an overview of the changes to the SRA Accounts Rules, expected to come into force in April 2019. What are the challenges and opportunities, and what do firms need to do now to prepare?

  • Steve Ray

    Shifting sands

    15 January 2019 By Steve Ray, Jenny Screech

    PII is in flux. The market is hardening, free post-run-off cover is ceasing, regulatory changes will introduce classes of solicitor with less or no cover, and proposed changes could reduce minimum cover. Steve Ray and Jenny Screech round up the changes, and the likely effects

  • Jonathon Bray

    The devil’s in the detail

    15 January 2019 By Jonathon Bray

    Jonathon Bray provides a personal perspective on the SRA’s new rulebook, and the complexity it could create in the profession

  • Sarah Brodie

    Crystal clear

    5 December 2018 By Sarah Brodie

    From 6 December 2018, law firms undertaking a number of common areas of work will need to publish price- and service-related information on their websites. Sarah Brodie looks at what this could mean in practice

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    Law Society publishes no-deal Brexit guidance

    8 November 2018

    What action should your firm be taking in a no-deal scenario?  The Law Society has published a series of papers for solicitors in the event of a no-deal Brexit, including the impact of the loss of judicial cooperation mechanisms and how to provide legal services in the EU.

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    Law Society launches best practice guidance on gender pay gap reporting

    6 November 2018

    Following the introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting in 2017, the Law Society has produced guidance for the profession to capture the best practice that will help us set the right standards for the legal sector and build a clearer picture and way forward

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    LSB gives green light to SRA regulatory changes

    6 November 2018

    The Legal Services Board (LSB) has confirmed it will rubber-stamp changes to allow multiple tiers of solicitors and reduce protections for the public. We believe these changes will put consumers at risk

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    SRA releases new guidance on price transparency

    4 October 2018

    Law firms will have to publish details of their employees’ experience and the time work is likely to take – as well as their prices – when new transparency rules come into force in December. 

  • Amy Bell

    Held to account

    2 October 2018 By Amy Bell

    Amy Bell offers her top five tips for accounts staff to help in the fight against money laundering through client accounts

  • Paul Bennett

    Making ready

    2 October 2018 By Paul Bennett

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has now submitted its proposed Handbook reforms to the Legal Services Board. Paul Bennett looks at the changes in the new versions, and what you need to do now to get prepared

  • Paul Bennett

    Ethical imperative

    2 October 2018 By Paul Bennett

    Paul Bennett looks at the ethical aspects of how law firms should manage misconduct, and why the 2019 regulatory changes will mean firms need to manage ethical risk in a new way 

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    Legal Ombudsman advises law firms to avoid web-based email

    20 September 2018

    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.

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    SRA asks: when should firms report potential wrongdoing?

    8 August 2018 Updated: 19 September 2018

    Regulators have begun a major review of reporting requirements for firms dealing with suspected misconduct by their employees.

  • Lucy Trevelyan

    A smaller piece of PII

    3 July 2018 By Lucy Trevelyan

    Lucy Trevelyan looks at the professional indemnity insurance landscape for the years ahead. How can firms take advantage of a soft market and prepare for it hardening? What might proposed changes to minimum cover mean for the profession and clients?

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    Super regulator must reject uneven rules for solicitors, Law Society says

    15 June 2018

    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. 

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    The proposed PII reforms – who benefits?

    4 June 2018

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) wants to reduce the minimum levels of insurance cover that regulated firms must hold. The Law Society will be submitting our analysis of the proposals. But one of the questions we are left with is: who will benefit from these reforms?

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    Consumer protection high price to pay for increased competition, says Law Society

    26 March 2018

    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.

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    Just the job

    16 January 2018 By Andrew Kimble, Dan Fawcett

    The GDPR is just four months away. Firms may already be prepared for major changes to how they handle client data, but do you know it also applies to data on your people? Andrew Kimble and Dan Fawcett provide a guide for managing partners and HR professionals

  • Paul Bennett

    Cracking the codes

    16 January 2018 By Paul Bennett

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to introduce a new compliance regime, and the changes are the most significant since 2011. Paul Bennett outlines the proposals and their potential impact, to help you plan ahead

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    Law Society responds to SRA consultations

    13 December 2017

    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’

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