Jamie Lennox


Lawyers and consumers wary of lawtech, research reveals

New research jointly commissioned by the Legal Services Board (LSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) explores the attitudes of the public and solicitors towards using technology to deliver legal services. It showed that the public is generally willing to use technology that is well-established and familiar to them such as video consultations (66%), and e-signatures […]Read More


New guide tackles lack of empathy in law firms

A free guide has been launched to help lawyers improve their reputation for client care, build more valuable relationships with clients, reduce client churn and maximise profits. The guide, developed by Moneypenny, includes include practical tips to improve empathy in legal practice and ensure employees’ use of language hits the mark. It also addresses the […]Read More


Law Society responds to SRA’s 2022/23 business plan

Solicitors’ leaders are concerned about the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plans to increase its fining powers by more than 1,000%, as they respond to the SRA’s 2022/2023 business plan and budget consultation. Law Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce offered her support for several key elements of the business plan: “In principle, […]Read More


Government sets out plan to overhaul data laws

Tougher fines for firms hounding people with nuisance calls and a clampdown on bureaucracy, red tape and pointless paperwork are part of reforms to transform the UK’s data laws announced by the government on Friday. The government is publishing its response to a consultation which aims to harness the power of data to help British […]Read More

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Last chance to book your ticket for the SFE National

The annual SFE National Conference is taking place this Thursday (23rd June) at Kings Place, London. Due to national rail strikes, the event is also being live streamed for people who can’t make it to the venue. The line-up of speakers include Barbara Rich and Independent Consultant Solicitor, Mediator, author & legal trainer, Caroline Bielanska. Together […]Read More

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Sanctions breaches now a strict liability offence

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has updated its guidance on its approach to enforcement. This is partially to reflect changes in legislation brought in under the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022. These changes include: A new strict civil liability test for imposing monetary penalties Changes to the review of monetary penalties […]Read More

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Report reveals extent of cybercrime risk to law firms

A new report from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) shows that email remains a significant vulnerability for law firms, involved in more than four out of five of all reported cybercrime incidents. The Risk Outlook report outlines new threats as criminals look to exploit new technology. It shows that 83% of cybercrimes reported in 2021 involved […]Read More

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What to expect when the SRA come knocking

Speaking at the recent Legal Eye Annual Risk & Compliance Conference in Birmingham, Sean Hankin, Head of Forensic Investigation and Intelligence at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), laid bare the powers and practices of the regulator when it comes to inspecting firms. Types of visit AML proactive Hankin ran through the types of visit that […]Read More


LSB competence review: “out-of-date” lawyers must go

As the Legal Services Board (LSB) continues its review into continuing competence within the legal profession, the LSB has said that regulators must ensure lawyers do not operate with “out-of-date” skills or knowledge, the Board said within a recent paper titled “Ongoing competence – Emerging themes from consultation”. The LSB consulted on a draft statutory […]Read More

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HMRC considers including cryptoassets in IME

HH Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has launched a consultation on the proposed inclusion of cryptoassets – such as cryptocurrency – in the investment manager exemption (IME). The IME uses qualifying tests to provide certainty that non-UK resident investors can appoint UK-based investment managers to conduct certain investment transactions on their behalf, without bringing them into […]Read More

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SFE Conference 2022: a preview

Hear from the country’s leading Private Client experts at the SFE Conference 2022 The SFE National Conference 2022 takes place on the 23rd June at Kings Place, London with attendees being given an in-depth case study to explore. Set to feature at this year’s event are four expert speakers who will be on hand to […]Read More