How legal practices can avoid a fine of £98,000

Beyond Compliance- How legal practices can avoid a fine of £98,000

Cyber-crime has grown exponentially in recent years, with the NCSC publishing a joint advisory report on 9th February 2022 showing a global trend of increased threats caused by ransomware in 2021[1]. They highlight the use of more sophisticated tactics and techniques being deployed by cyber criminals targeting top UK sectors including the legal profession. Read more…

How to Master Reflective Practice and why it’s so important to solicitors and barristers

Beyond Compliance- How to Master Reflective Practice and why it’s so important to solicitors and barristers

Why do lawyers need to develop Reflective Practice?

The simple answer is – because the regulators tell us we must!

Seriously though, it goes a lot deeper than that. Here are a few reasons: Read more…

Climbing the Competence Ladder

Beyond Compliance- Climbing the Competence Ladder

Competence is a vitally important topic in the legal services professions, particularly for those working in a regulated environment. This blog will focus on the BSB and SRA, but the remaining legal service regulators will also have equivalent requirements given that these are derived from the overarching regulator, the Legal Services Board (“LSB”). Read more…

Legal services risk from the Russian conflict: Another dimension – Data

Beyond Compliance-There has rightly been a lot of focus in recent days about sanctions and anti-money laundering issues in relation to the Russian conflict; the purpose of this blog is to introduce another dimension which lawyers should be aware of concerning a commodity which is increasing in value: data.

There has rightly been a lot of focus in recent days about sanctions and anti-money laundering issues in relation to the Russian conflict; the purpose of this blog is to introduce another dimension which lawyers should be aware of concerning a commodity which is increasing in value: data. Read more…

BSB Transparency Rules: where do I start?

Beyond compliance BSB Transparency guidance

When you are a self-employed barrister or involved in the management of a BSB regulated entity or a chambers, your to-do list is ever growing. On an ever-growing to-do list there are always chores that you really don’t want to do or that get put off repeatedly – often until they become unavoidable. Does this sound familiar? Read more…


The “P” Factor (pupillage recruitment)

Beyond Compliance - pupillage BSB

I’ve been working on the compliance side of pupillage recruitment recently and it seems to me as an objective bystander that there are two camps with very different values. Read more…

What can carpenters teach lawyers?

One thing that I have constantly struggled to understand, through years of dealing with compliance and quality – whether it’s been called benchmarking, quality improvement, auditing, continuous improvement; or whether the applicable standard is ISO, Lexcel or regulatory requirements – is how the legal profession is actually quite averse to it. Read more…

File Auditing

It goes without saying that following the increase in self-regulation, it’s not a question of whether you audit, it’s how you do it. Read more…