Legal Services Regulation Blog

28 April 2020

COVID-19: If you get a fixed penalty notice for non-compliance with lockdown measures – do you have to tell the Solicitors Regulation Authority?

With BBC reports that there have been 178,000 incidents of anti-social behaviour in the last four weeks across England and Wales alone, if a solicitor receives a fixed penalty notice for a non-essential journey away from home - do they have to inform the SRA?

Jessica Clay

16 April 2020

Promoting a good working culture in law firms - Part 1: What is a manager's role?

Julie Norris and Jessica Clay spoke at the end of January at the ARK risk and compliance conference on the topic of promoting a good working culture in law firms.  This blog is the first in a series of three and focuses on the role of managers in embedding this culture in the workplace

Julie Norris

31 March 2020

Guidance and updates for regulated legal professionals during Coronavirus pandemic

The outbreak of COVD-19 has caused unprecedented disruption and uncertainty in all reaches of our professional and personal lives. The legal profession is not immune to that uncertainty- particularly as measures have been put in place to ensure that both justice continues to be delivered and businesses can continue to provide services to their clients in these extraordinary times.

Jessica Clay

23 March 2020

Covid 19 - a reminder for solicitors and law firms about their regulatory obligations

Towards the end of last year I commented, as part of our Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations (StaRs) blog series, that the introduction of the StaRs on 25 November 2019 was an opportunity to take stock and introduce steps to ensure compliance going forward; it was a time to prioritise, not panic.

Jessica Clay

6 February 2020

Regulators had better get ready for partisan politicisation

With the next Labour leader likely to be a lawyer, it’s inevitable that watchdogs will be co-opted into political struggles.

Iain Miller

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