Author archive: Bernard

Yes, there is a 6th EU AML Directive coming!

Hard to believe, but even though the 5th EU anti-money laundering directive is not yet in force the 6th is already being worked on over in Brussels. Brexit notwithstanding the UK is likely to implement these directives. Here is all you need to know for now… The 5th directive will be brought into force in…

SRA guidance is starting to appear

At last we have the first “guidance” from the Solicitors Regulation Authority on the new standards and regulations which will come into force on 25 November. But nothing to get excited about. So far the guidance is just on the new Accounts Rules and Authorisation Rules. The interesting stuff will be on the new Codes…

CQS training – 2019 courses available from 1 August

The 2019 CQS training season starts shortly, with new courses on “Conveyancing Practice” and “Risk and Compliance”. Our new courses are ready to roll, have been approved by the Law Society, and can be taken from 1 August (as last year). As ever it is mandatory for all conveyancing fee earners to do these courses,…

CQS – PDF reports are acceptable

The Law Society has confirmed that it does accept the PDF reports our system produces as evidence that your staff have completed their “Conveyancing Quality Scheme” mandatory training. Some firms had been having trouble with Law Society staff demanding other evidence. They say “The PDF is acceptable. We have had a few new starters. I…

New SRA Codes of Conduct delayed to November

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has just announced that all its new rules (Principles, Codes of Conduct, Accounts Rules etc) will come into force on 25 November 2019 (so not April 2019 as once predicted). Before they can come into force the SRA will need to publish guidance. Meanwhile you can register to access a beta…

See you at LegalEx….

We will be exhibiting at LegalEx 2019 on 27 and 28 March at the ExCel in London E16.  This is apparently “The UK’s leading event for business growth, professional development and cyber security in the legal sector.” We hope to see you there so we can tell you all about our e-learning and compliance services. We will…

CQS Practice Management Standards

This is only relevant to you if your firm is a member of the Law Society’s “Conveyancing Quality Scheme”. New CQS practice management standards come into force on 1 May. The Law Society says they will be checking if firms are complying (which they have not done previously). Our “COLP & COFA Service” provides precedents…

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