Socrates and Riliance to create best-in-breed eLearning and compliance solutions for law firms

The UK’s foremost providers of online training, compliance and risk management solutions for law firms, Socrates and Riliance, are joining forces – having both been acquired by the Access Group, a leading provider of business software to mid-sized UK organisations.



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The two businesses are pooling knowledge, resources and training content to create a best-in-breed solution to meet the ever growing demands of compliance law. Whether you’re a large multi-national firm or a niche practice, the combined solution will help you meet the requirements of the SRA, Lexcel, CQS and the general law.

Both organisations’ training catalogues will be consolidated to offer a wider breadth of knowledge and content, including compliance essentials such as anti-money laundering, data protection and equality & diversity.

Bernard George, Director of Socrates Training, commented: “Between us we have a wealth of experience and knowledge which can be combined to offer the complete solution for law firms. In addition to our online training, we both have comprehensive supporting documentation and templates that will be made available to all customers as part of our joint offering”.

Brian Rogers, Regulatory Director and Head of Content & Thought Leadership at Riliance said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Bernard and his team to simplify risk management and compliance for law firms by delivering everything they need on one platform.”

Online training, documentation and regulatory updates are complemented by Riliance’s unique risk management software. This eliminates the need for spreadsheets, word documents and diary reminders to manage compliance activities.  Modules can be mixed and matched to form the perfect risk and compliance system for all law firms, irrespective of size and includes anti-money laundering monitoring, client feedback reports and even file audits.

Access’s wider solution for the legal market includes HR software that enables organisations to attract, retain and engage their people through a user-friendly and simple online portal designed specifically for Law firms, as Michael Hadlow, HCM Sales Consultant at Access explained: “Our intuitive and integrated recruitment, HR and payroll software not only brings value by streamlining your processes, increasing productivity and making roles more efficient, but also provides you with the flexibility to scale as your firm grows and develops. Adding learning, compliance & risk management to the Access portfolio gives us a unique proposition in the legal space and provides even greater value to our customers.”

About Access Group

The Access Group is a leading provider of business software to mid-sized UK organisations. It helps more than 20,000 customers across commercial and not-for-profit sectors become more productive and efficient. Its innovative Access Workspace technology transforms the way business software is used, giving every employee the freedom to do more. Established in 1991, The Access Group, employs more than 2,000 staff.

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