Law Society Communities

Our communities help you develop in your professional life and make the most out of your Law Society

Find out more

Risk and Compliance Service


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

Teaser features

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

conference people

Risk and Compliance Autumn Conference 2018

Some of you may have attended our Autumn Risk and Compliance last month in Leeds but in case you missed it, we had over 100 delegates on the day with a packed programme covering SRA changes, price transparency, AI and blockchain, AML, GDPR as well as ethics and social media and privacy.

padlock circuit board

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.

gdpr graphic

FAQs on the GDPR

We answer some frequently asked questions on the upcoming GDPR

eu flag 390x234

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.

Denotes premium member-only content. Existing members just need to register using the link above to gain access. Please note you must use the email address associated with your membership.

insurance signpost

Insurance Distribution Directive - ready or not?Subscription

25 September 2018By

The Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) was implemented on the 1 October 2018. Gillian Roche-Saunders, Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, looks at the detail

GDPR caution keyboard

GDPR – the first 100 daysSubscription

19 September 2018By

Neil Partridge, operations director at PDA Legal and a Lexcel assessor, considers the practical application of data protection in legal practice.

Piggy bank

Using client accounts as banking facilitiesSubscription

23 August 2018

Concerns about the improper use of client accounts have prompted the SRA to update their warning notice. We look at the key changes.

cyber security

Do you need cyber insurance?Subscription

20 August 2018

Following several highly publicised attacks on law firms, including the DLA Piper ransomware attack and the Paradise and Panama Papers data breaches, there has been an uptake in firms buying cyber insurance. James Noon, senior vice president of Paragon International Insurance Brokers Ltd, looks at the options.

money laundering

Risky business – FAQsSubscription

31 July 2018Updated: 1 August 2018

The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service answers some frequently asked questions on anti-money laundering (AML).

Image of a lock

GDPR and your employeesSubscription

26 July 2018

Law firms are often also employers and as such hold personal data on both current and former employees as well as clients. Pearl Moses looks at GDPR from an employer’s perspective.

london finance

Sanctions – a practical guideSubscription

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?Subscription

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.

Previous features from the Risk and Compliance Service

Benefits of Membership*

Risk and Compliance community graphic
  • A monthly Risk and Compliance e-newsletter, dealing with the latest regulatory and compliance issues
  • Access to the Law Society’s 'Safe Harbour' initiative, providing written guidance to compliance officers on the materiality of a breach
  • Access to four free webinars

As well as:

  • 20 per cent discount on subscriptions to the Legal Compliance Bulletin
  • 20 per cent discount on relevant Law Society publications

* See Service terms and conditions

Join today