Socrates was established in 2003 to help firms deal with the challenges of money laundering compliance. Since then we have helped over 2000 business, mainly in the law, estate agency and accountancy sectors. Many subscribers have been with us throughout our existence.

Bernard George is Director of Socrates.  After practising as a litigation solicitor he joined the College of Law where he became Director of the College’s operations in London. Since then he has been Director of Training at Dechert LLP, and has served on various Law Society and other committees on training matters. He has written on a wide range of legal topics, in publications from the Law Society’s Gazette to the Times.

We have worked with many experts in developing our courses and materials. We particularly thank the following:

Nicola Boulton, member of the Law Society’s Anti-Money Laundering Task Force and partner at Byrne and Partners

Julie Brannan, formerly Director of Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OXILP)

Mike Calvert, Head of Forensic Investigations at the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Jill Cripps, formerly of OXILP, now visiting lecturer at Kaplan Law School

James Croock, Head of Corporate at Dechert LLP

Lucy Hendley, formerly of OXILP, now legal trainer at Lewis Silkin

Stephanie Henshaw, Money Laundering Reporting Officer at Francis Clark, accountants

Professor Lesley King, formerly Head of Private Client at the College of Law

Chris Lumley, Occupational Health and Safety consultant (please email Socrates if you would like his contact details)

Sally Normington, legal services consultant

Alan Riley, Property PSL Ltd,

Michael Twomey, Legal and Commercial Training

Chris Umfreville, University of Wolverhampton

Chris Vigrass, Compliance Partner at Ashurst LLP

Peter Walton, University of Wolverhampton

Peter Warner, Warner Consulting


Socrates was an ancient Greek philosopher and teacher. He developed the dialectic method of enquiry, sometimes known as the Socratic method. It is the origin of the scientific method of enquiry.

Socrates observed that the influential citizens of Athens knew little but considered themselves to know much. He concluded that he was only wise in that “what I don’t know, I don’t think I know.”

He was put on trial for corrupting the young with such teachings, and was sentenced to death. Instead of fleeing he chose to remain in Athens, and to take his own life by drinking hemlock.

We adopted his name because we strive to match his honesty, originality and teaching skill.