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CQS Training – Now Live!

The Law Society has today relaunched its mandatory training for firms in the “Conveyancing Quality Scheme”. CQS training was suspended over a year ago when our case against the Law Society established they had been illegally abusing a dominant position. Since then we have become approved providers of CQS training, so we can provide what…

New Risk Management course

Our long-awaited course on risk management in law firms is now available. It helps firms to reduce claims and complaints, mainly by – describing the key principles of risk management – explaining the main reasons things that cause claims and complaints, and – setting out practical steps fee earners can take to reduce risk. It…

New Socrates bank account

We have a new bank account. So do not worry if you get an email telling you that a payment you made to our old HSBC account has been forwarded. The new account details are these: Account number 32749759 Sort code 56 00 35 So future payments should go there, and those are now the…

Data Protection for Estate Agents

Our new service, to help estate agency firms adapt to the “General Data Protection Regulation”, is now live. It includes online training, so you can be sure everyone in your firm understands what the law requires and how to stay safe. The training is full of practical scenarios, all in the context of estate agency…

GDPR service goes live

We have just launched our new training on the General Data Protection Regulation, specifically for people who work in law firms. This comes with a complete set of precedents, to help your firm get its systems and paperwork in order well before the May 2018 deadline. The training not only explains the principles, but alerts…

Competition law team of the year!

Many congratulations to TupperS Law, which won “Competition Team of the Year” at last night’s British Legal Awards, hosted by Legal Week. The award was in recognition of their work with us in our David and Goliath victory over the Law Society in the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Stephen Tupper took Bernard George of Socrates on…

5th Money Laundering Directive

You may have heard there is a fifth EU Money Laundering Directive coming, even though the fourth only passed into law last June. We have even seen marketing material sent to law firms saying “it’s not too early to start thinking about” the fifth directive. Well relax. It is far too early. First, any new…

Facilitating tax evasion

The new law is now in force. It makes firms criminally liable for the acts of their employees if they help clients to evade tax. To be safe firms must be able to prove that they had reasonable prevention measures in place. Hence firms need to carry out a risk assessment, draw up a tax…

Data protection and the GDPR

In May 2018 data protection law changes radically when the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force. The Socrates Data Protection course already refers to the coming changes. Plus this autumn we are releasing a new course specifically on the GDPR, to help firms ensure their staff understand their obligations and are compliant. We will…

New AML regs

New AML laws came into force on 26 June 2017. Our training reflects and explains the law. We have also sent subscribers revised precedents, explaining what they must do differently. For example your firm MUST have a written risk assessment, relating to the AML risks that apply to your firm as a whole, and be…

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