Author archive: socrates

Socrates v The Law Society

Our case against the Law Society has now been heard by the Competition Appeal Tribunal, chaired by Roth J. The four-day trial ended on 11 November. Judgement has been reserved. We are seeking to restore the right of over 3000 law firms in the Conveyancing Quality Scheme to buy the training they want. Currently the…

Health and safety course goes live

Our new course on health and safety in the office is now live. Employers are obliged to provide staff with health and safety training and information. Our course includes three modules. It covers workstation assessments and RSI, plus stress, as well as the more obvious things like fire safety. People told us they hated the…

PSC Registers arrived today!

From today unlisted UK companies and LLPs must have a “register of people with significant control”. In principle that makes the task of identifying the beneficial owners of such clients easier. But there are traps. We have sent subscribers a bulletin on this, and also a specimen email to distribute to their staff to explain…

MLRO Masterclass

We had a great turn out for our masterclass for Money Laundering Reporting Officers on 2nd March at the Law Society. Thanks to everyone who came and contributed to the lively sessions.

New AML for law firms course

Our completely revised AML training and quiz for fee earners in law firms goes live on 23 January. This has been completely rewritten, not only to be bang up to date, but to have lively graphics and animations. We hope you will like it. The version for international firms is also being renewed, and that…

New course on unconscious bias

Our new course on unconscious bias explains how we are all affected by bias, how bias works, and how this can lead to poor decisions and unfairness. It takes users through nine proven techniques to reduce the impact of unconscious bias. A handout explains the research evidence, just in case anyone is sceptical of the…

New course on information security

Our new course on information security is vital for everyone who works in a law firm. There has been an epidemic of scams aimed at law firms, some of which have suffered huge financial losses. Crooks have used sophisticated techniques, including sending fake emails that appear to come from clients, to divert money. In other…

New course on conflicts of interests

We have launched an all-new course for lawyers on conflicts. It explains the rules, including the related areas of confidentiality and disclosure, and then takes you through numerous scenarios and dilemmas to make this complex subject clear. A quiz checks you have really understood. CPD accredited for one hour.

New global AML course

Socrates now offers a “global” anti-money laundering course. It is designed to enable international firms to provide AML training to all their people world-wide. Hence the course focuses on universal principles, without giving too much detail about UK law. If you are interested in providing AML training to all your lawyers globally please get in…

Maternity leave: training for managers

Socrates is proud to launch a new course on managing women who are going on or returning from maternity leave. The role of the manager is critical in helping women to make a successful return from maternity leave. Our new course will help firms to retain experienced female staff after they start a family. Online…

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