Legal Eye team continues to build with key appointment

Legal Eye team continues to build with key appointment

Legal Eye are pleased to announce the appointment of their latest team member, Katie Jackson.

Joining as a Senior Compliance Manager, Katie brings to the team more than 15 years’ experience in legal services regulation and in-depth understanding of the risks which firms are exposed to.

Katie’s career in legal services began at the Legal Services Commission where she took prime responsibility for the delivery of legal aid in Northamptonshire. As well as enabling her to build a key awareness of the market, it also sparked her interest to explore other areas within the sector.

In 2005, Katie then went on to gain experience at the Law Society – which became the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA) where she was required to investigate a number of high profile cases. This ultimately led to her promotion to Technical Adviser, where she advised on the largest intervention ever undertaken by the regulator. Katie then moved on to become Strategy Manager at the SRA, where she co-authored the SRA Strategy 2011-2015, as well as policy papers on the implementation of the new SRA Handbook and Outcomes Focused Regulation.

Following her time at the SRA, Katie also started her own compliance consultancy, Honne.  Reflecting her commitment and dedication to the sector, this quickly became well known and regarded for its’ focus on interactive legal services training in compliance topics, as well as commentary on legal services regulation.

Katie then moved to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) in 2014, where she was solo inspector/relationship manager for some of the largest conveyancing practices in the country. In this role, Katie advocated a new style of inspection for the CLC, focused in part on corporate risk management, including financial profitability and liquidity.

Whilst Katie’s appointment at Legal Eye will see the closure of Honne, Katie looks forward to providing compliance advice to Legal Eye clients and bringing her expertise to their training function.

Expressing her enthusiasm on the new position, Katie said: “It’s a real pleasure to join a team of committed compliance experts with an impressive focus on client care; I look forward to contributing to the team’s – and importantly clients’ – continued growth and success in a time of regulatory change”.

This article was submitted to be published by Legal Eye as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Wills and Probate. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Wills and Probate.

Legal Eye

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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