SRA launches support for small firms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has set out plans to support small firms in a paper released at today’s SRA national conference for compliance officers in Birmingham. Chief Executive Paul Philip used his opening address to the 400 delegates at the conference to launch the discussion about the issues facing small law firms and what […]

SRA reviews Separate Business Rule

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have announced they are reviewing the Separate Business Rule (SBR) to make it easier for solicitors to own businesses providing other professional services to clients. A consultation has been launched this week outlining the proposals for amending the rule to level the playing field between traditional solicitors, alternative business structures […]

Final chance to expand your knowledge with the Society of Will Writers

There are still spaces left on the Society of Will Writers’ courses taking place this month. These are the last time they will be held this year, so don’t miss out on gaining valuable CPD hours. Each session is open to both members and non-members of the society and will take place at The College […]

Financial Eye – Regulatory update

We have seen increasing levels of activity from the SRA as part of their stated plans to further engage with firms. They appear to be paying particular interest in two areas, that is, financial stability and adherence to the SRA Accounts Rules 2011. With regard to financial stability, some firms are being asked to provide […]

Join the Institute of Professional Will Writers at their upcoming meeting

The Institute of Professional Will Writers (IPW) are holding their next group meeting within the North West of England, at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. On Thursday 4th December, both members of the institute and non-members can come together and gain valuable knowledge, as well as be part of a great networking opportunity while […]

Who was at fault in the SRA email blunder?

Last week, many law firms across the UK received contact from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) indicating the business hadn’t renewed their PII cover, and were at risk of being shut down. Over 1,800 firms received this email, which has now been reported as being sent by mistake. Following the deadline date on 1st October […]

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The latest courses brought to you by The Society of Will Writers

This season’s latest training courses have been announced by the Society of Will Writers. With their established base of industry experts, their courses are renowned for giving wills and probate professionals valuable opportunity to develop and expand their knowledge. This month’s up and coming courses are scheduled as follows: IHT Planning Course | 13th November […]

National Pro Bono Week (3rd-7th November 2014)

This week is the 13th annual National Pro Bono Week (NPBW) and this year is being sponsored by The Law Society, the Bar Council, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). The aim of this campaign is to promote the importance of pro bono work and the impact it’s had on consumers. Providing free […]

CQC release their latest guidance on care provision

The independent regulator of care services in England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have begun a whole new way of regulating, which aims to make the system clearer and simpler for both care providers and consumers. Following 18 months of development, CQC have now released handbooks designed to advise care providers and help them understand […]

The Society of Will Writers lowers course prices

Will Writing Regulator — The Society of Will Writers — have lowered the prices of the one day courses that they offer through their training arm, The College of Will Writing. Having run residential courses now for a year from their dedicated training facility they have taken the decision to reduce the rates. The price […]

The Law Society needs your help in the fight against organised crime

In October 2013, the HM Government released the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy, in an effort to detract such criminal activity that had a detrimental effect on the UK. The strategy focussed on the 4 Ps of an effective action plan against serious misconduct: Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare – scheduled to be in place […]

ABS licensing changes approved by the LSB

Measures to make it simpler for multi-disciplinary practices (MDPs) to be licensed as alternative business structures (ABS) by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have been approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB). The SRA’s changes are designed to ensure a proportionate regime for firms delivering a range of professional services involving other regulators. The proposals […]

Consumer based evidence supports SRA's draft Competence Statement

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is today [24 October] publishing the findings from the extensive engagement work undertaken to support the development of the Competence Statement. The SRA commissioned an external research company, BMG Research to undertake the study. The findings have been derived from a mixture of in-depth qualitative interviews and quantitative surveys with […]

Build your CPD with The Society of Will Writers

Throughout the year, The Society of Will Writers (SWW) gather together experts from the industry to lead insightful wills and probate courses. This season, the courses have already established great success for professionals across the country, with many expanding their CPD portfolios with the high quality training. As promised, the latest courses being held next […]

Don’t miss out on The Society of Will Writers’ latest courses!

The Society of Will Writers (SWW) up and coming courses are taking place this month, and are set to be incredibly informative and useful for all wills and probate professionals. All of the courses are open to both members and non-members of the society, and will be held at the dedicated SWW facility at The […]

Ensuring the continuing competence of solicitors

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today [15 October] released a position statement on the implementation of its new approach to ensure the continuing competence of solicitors. The statement explains the impact of reforms to the current Continuing Professional Development requirements (CPD) and clarifies our requirements for those who choose to follow the current CPD […]