Features and Opinion

  • Scott Campbell
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    Pay heed

    2020-01-14T00:00:00Z

    In April, the government is planning to make changes to IR35 – the rules around the tax treatment of off-payroll contractors. Scott Campbell explains the changes, and how they could apply to your firm

  • Paul Bennett
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    Human interest

    2020-01-14T00:00:00Z

    The new SRA Standards and Regulations have made significant changes relating to referral arrangements, and clarified the regulator’s core view: that all referral arrangements must be in the client’s best interest. Paul Bennett explains

  • Marzena Lipman
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    State of independence

    2019-10-01T00:00:00Z

    The SRA introduces a new ‘freelance solicitor’ model next month, allowing solicitors to provide legal services on a freelance basis. But how will the model work in practice, and could it be for you? Marzena Lipman takes a closer look 

  • Paul Bennett
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    Free and easy?

    2019-10-01T00:00:00Z

    What does the new ‘gig economy’ freelancer model mean for your firm? Why is this a management issue? Paul Bennett looks at some of the key challenges

  • Rosy Rourke
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    Be prepared

    2019-07-02T00:00:00Z

    The new SRA Accounts Rules will come into force on 25 November 2019. Rosy Rourke  of Armstrong Watson outlines the changes, and what law firms should be doing now to prepare

  • Richard Burnham
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    Young voices

    2019-07-02T00:00:00Z

    There have been a number of controversial recent cases at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal involving junior lawyers pressured into making unethical decisions. Richard Burnham looks at how law firms can create an ethical culture and support millennials in making ethical decisions

  • Frank Maher
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    One year on

    2019-04-09T00:00:00Z

    It’s been nearly a year since the General Data Protection Regulation came into force. Frank Maher discusses the lessons he has learned since then advising law firms on the legislation

  • Andrew Allen
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    Blow-by-blow account

    2019-01-15T00:15:00Z

    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?

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    Shifting sands

    2019-01-15T00:12:00Z

    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

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    The devil’s in the detail

    2019-01-15T00:10:00Z

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

  • Sarah Brodie
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    Crystal clear

    2018-12-05T15:09:00Z

    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

  • Amy Bell
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    Held to account

    2018-10-02T00:00:00Z

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

  • Paul Bennett
    Feature

    Making ready

    2018-10-02T00:00:00Z

    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
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    Ethical imperative

    2018-10-02T00:00:00Z

    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 

  • Lucy Trevelyan
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    A smaller piece of PII

    2018-07-03T01:00:00Z

    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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    The proposed PII reforms – who benefits?

    2018-06-04T13:59:00Z

    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?

  • andrew kimble
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    Just the job

    2018-01-16T00:00:00Z

    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
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    Cracking the codes

    2018-01-16T00:00:00Z

    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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    Gift register

    2017-10-10T00:00:00Z

    A risk register may seem like just another regulatory requirement, but an effective one can help you not only identify and mitigate risks, but also reduce your insurance premiums, build client loyalty, and reduce complaints. Pearl Moses explains. 

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    Playing catch up

    2017-10-10T00:00:00Z

    The new money laundering regulations have been in force for over three months, but is your firm compliant? Alison Matthews provides an overview of the requirements for law firms.