Risk and Compliance Service


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Who's complaining?

FAQS: Your compliance questions answered

The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service is a team of experienced solicitors who have all worked in private practice. They help members with questions about practice and procedure on a wide variety of subjects.

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Top Tips to ensure you are protected against cyber crime

Peter Wright is a Solicitor and Managing Director of Digital Law UK. He is the author of the Cyber Security Toolkit (Law Society Publishing, 2016).

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Risk and compliance conference 2017Subscription

7 April 2017

Mandeep Nagra, risk and compliance advisor, reports on the recent conference.

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Spring clean your compliance checksSubscription

7 April 2017

The clocks have gone forward, Easter is upon us and Pearl Moses looks at what you can do to spring clean your compliance policies and procedures.

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Do you need a password policy?Subscription

7 April 2017

One of the weak links in providing an effective barrier against cyber attacks is the use of passwords. Janet Noble looks at some important steps your staff can take to minimise risk.

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

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.


Risk and Compliance - what to watch out for in 2017Subscription

7 March 2017

The risks which law firms and their management and compliance teams have to address is constantly changing. Drawing on the experience of the past year for context, Frank Maher looks at a selection of these to consider some of the key areas of risk for the rest of 2017. 

Changing Career Direction

Looking to the future - A two-tier profession and client protectionsSubscription

7 March 2017

Sanjay Basra of our Advisory Service provides a follow-up to last month’s article relating to the key proposed changes to the SRA Handbook in 2017/18. He looks at the provisions allowing solicitors to provide unreserved services from organisations not authorised by the SRA.

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A brief summary of the changes to the SRA HandbookSubscription

8 February 2017

Are you ready? Sanjay Basra of the Risk and Compliance Advisory team provides a quick summary of the extensive changes to the SRA Handbook proposed for 2017/18.

Regulation for small firms

Five key regulatory issues for 2017Subscription

8 February 2017

Iain Miller, partner at Kingsley Napley, outlines what he sees as key issues in the regulatory landscape for the rest of the year.

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File audits - a positive experience

20 April 2017

Even at senior levels, file audits can be seen as a non-chargeable irritation to be avoided, put off, or given only cursory attention. Hillary Stephenson of Weightmans explains that  there is another way of looking at them.

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Cobblers’ shoes - supplier due diligence by a law firm

20 April 2017

Sarah Mumford and Gillian Watson look at an activity that every law firm undertakes but is little written about from the perspective of practical compliance.

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