Financial Eye – Regulatory update

Financial Eye – Regulatory update

We have seen increasing levels of activity from the SRA as part of their stated plans to further engage with firms. They appear to be paying particular interest in two areas, that is, financial stability and adherence to the SRA Accounts Rules 2011. With regard to financial stability, some firms are being asked to provide details of all current borrowings and financial arrangements within 14 days of being asked and to prepare themselves for a visit from the SRA to talk through current business plans and management accounts including budgets and cash-flow forecasts. It is important now more than ever that firms are able to demonstrate to the SRA that they are taking this seriously. The SRA is using Forensic Investigation and the threat of Regulatory Management in order to make firms comply.

In order for firms to meet their obligations under the Handbook and the Accounts Rules it is essential that firms have developed a COFA matter file review programme that demonstrates they are complying with this requirement and maintaining accurate registers of material and non-material breaches with a particular emphasis on clearing out residual balances. Financial Eye is able to offer an annual support package that provides the COFA with all of the tools required to meet their obligations to the SRA incorporating a COFA checklist and risk index and help them to develop and deliver a comprehensive COFA matter file review programme.

For more information, please contact Financial Eye.

Legal Eye

https://www.legal-eye.co.uk/

Legal Eye works with law firms to ensure compliance and optimise performance. Their extensive and thorough knowledge of the law and regulations will ensure your law firm is compliant and your processes sound. Files are audited to ensure you are not only complying with the service level agreements you have in place, but very importantly, also the code of conduct.

They provide a documented audit trail which is firstly, a requirement of the code of conduct and secondly, essential for PI Insurance purposes and very often for CQS, Lexcel and other quality accreditations. This provides documented evidence of a proactive approach towards risk management. The advice they offer is clear and practical, and they pride themselves on exceptional customer service and unbeatable work quality.

Services include:

  • Specialist expertise across the full range of regulatory, risk and compliance issues to inform your internal decision making.
  • Additional qualified resource where you simply do not have the time to review your regulatory position or to carry out essential ongoing tasks such as file reviews.
  • An online risk hub –  an online resource centre for law firms. The hub provides a comprehensive bank of resources to help COLPs, COFAs, partners, directors and managers to manage risk. It includes precedent policy and procedure documents and templates, access to online training on a range of risk and compliance topics, and a range of useful materials such as ‘how to’ guides, short videos and articles.
  • Drafting and review of key policies and procedures including the supply of ‘document packs’ to save you time researching and writing documentation.
  • Expert advice on how to comply with up-to-date regulation including the very latest requirements complete with a written set of recommendations.
  • Specialist outsourced complaints  handling service provided by former SRA and LeO officers.
  • Gap analysis of your firm’s policies, processes and procedures as they relate to the Solicitors Accounts Rules (SAR) including the production of a written report summarising the strengths and weaknesses of the current arrangements and detailing recommended next steps and actions to put your firm in an even stronger position.
  • Training on SAR and on anti money laundering (AML) as well as other finance-related training which can be delivered virtually for your firm, face-to-face (subject to government guidance) or online via Legal Eye’s Training Academy.
  • A Standard Procedures Manual to provide a practical and comprehensive roadmap for firms to follow when looking to double check whether the current operating procedures are fit for purpose, setting up a new firm – or arm of a firm – or starting a new finance function from scratch.
  • Experienced advice and support for one-off projects such as achieving quality accreditations or switching regulators.
  • Proven high quality training for fee earners and staff held at your office/s covering essential risk topics such as  Anti Money Laundering, data  protection, cybercrime, conflict of  interest and more.
  • Online training from The Legal Eye Academy – core modules available to all staff at their convenience. Includes built-in auto reminder functionality so that you no longer have to chase staff indi-vidually to complete important training. Your package includes free updates to ensure knowledge is always up to date.
  • Added value updates by email to all your key people covering all the latest updates on risk and compliance.

The Legal Eye team includes former solicitors, partners and directors in law firms; former case handlers at regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Legal Ombudsman and experienced risk and compliance professionals.


Contact: Paul Saunder

Tel: 0203 0512 049

Email:  [email protected]

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