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Articles, guidance and best practice insight to help you manage regulatory and compliance issues

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Here are some sample articles from the Risk and Compliance Service. Service members get access to all our features and other exclusive content.

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GDPR - do you need a data protection officer?

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

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FAQs on the GDPR

We answer some frequently asked questions on the upcoming GDPR

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Getting to know the GDPR - data breaches

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.

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Getting to know the GDPR - consent

Consent of an individual to collect and process their data remains one of the cornerstones of data protection law and policy. Anna Drozd, EU professional practice policy advisor, looks at the changes to consent as part of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Sanctions – a practical guide

18 July 2018By

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


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.

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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.


Planning an exit strategy

31 May 2018By

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 ...

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Non-disclosure agreements – reporting requirements

24 May 2018By

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.

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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.

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Updating Lexcel - the key changesSubscription

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.

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Data subject access requests - your questions answeredSubscription

30 April 2018By

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

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