Category archive: LATEST NEWS

New Consumer Contracts Regulations apply from 13 June

These regulations apply to retainers with consumers, from 13 June 2014.  They are horrible.  Full of traps and ambiguities. The consequence that when the retainer is a “distance contract” (e.g. most contracts made by phone or email) or made “off premises” and the client is a consumer, the client has a 14 day cooling off…

Consumer credit licence needed?

Before the OFT’s group licences expire on 1 April many firms arguably need to apply for an individual licence to do credit and insolvency related work.  We have sent subscribers our analysis of what they should do (or for most firms, not do).

10th anniversary

Socrates has now been in business for 10 years, over which time we have helped thousands of firms.  Here is to the next ten!

Accounts Rules training now live

Our new course on the SRA Accounts Rules is live, after months of work. We are rather proud of it. Suitable for lawyers needing a thorough explanation, and also finance staff and other support staff. Accredited for one hour’s CPD. It includes a highly interactive course, explaining what the rules are designed to achieve, how…

NCA replaces SOCA

From 7 October 2013 money laundering reports should go to the National Crime Agency, rather than the old Serious Organised Crime Agency.  We have updated our precedents, and sent a report to all subscribers.


The recent Financial Action Task Force on the vulnerability of legal professionals to money  laundering confirms what we suspected, that the UK (along with the USA) is the country most likely to impose criminal or disciplinary sanctions on lawyers for breaching AML requirements The report includes over 100 case studies in which lawyers were targeted…


We hope you like the new Socrates website.  It is part of a huge technology upgrade that will finish in December 2013 and improve our service to subscribers even further.


A new improved version of our anti-bribery training is live now. It is now a year since the Bribery Act came into force. If you do not have training and a policy in force we urge you to attend to it now.


Our new Data Protection training course is now live. This is the most painless way you will find to come to grips with a difficult subject. Call us to discuss a trial.


Socrates now works with Micron Systems Inc, the market leader in CPD compliance tracking. Micron customers can now access our courses direct from the Micron system, so they integrate with your CPD records.