Category archive: LATEST NEWS

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…

Avoiding mortgage frauds

We have added a template policy on avoiding involvement in mortgage frauds and other property frauds to our COLP & COFA service for law firms. The new version of Lexcel (the Law Society’s quality standard for law firms) requires that firms have such a policy.  In any case it is sensible for any firm doing…

Can you rely on Post Office certified documents?

The Post Office provides a service whereby it will certify that copies of a passport etc are true copies of the original.  The customer can then send off the certified copy to a firm which is doing AML checks, so as to verify their identity.  But we have discovered that Post Office counter staff are…

New “Refresher” course published

Socrates has launched a thoroughly rewritten and updated version of its “Refresher” training module for lawyers.  It includes some current developments, and sets out the six guiding principles fee earners need to understand, as well as providing a quiz to verify that you have got the message.  The course is suitable for those who have…

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