With the pressure to cut costs without sacrificing quality, certain aspects of legal work are increasingly likely to be automated, outsourced, or undertaken by paralegals or other non-lawyers. The question of supervision has therefore never been more relevant.
However, it’s not just junior and unqualified staff who need supervision – what about solicitors who are dealing with a transaction that is new to them? Or the experienced legal executive who may have been making the same mistakes for years?
Without the proper policies, systems, and training in place, your firm could be left open to the risk of complaints, loss of business, and disciplinary action. With the SRA’s move to entity-based regulation, partners or sole practitioners are now to be held responsible for omissions and mistakes made by unsupervised staff – whatever their level.
Managing Partner's new report, Supervision in Law Firms, will help you understand and implement the systems you must have in place to ensure that everyone in your firm is properly supervised in compliance with the SRA’s rules on supervision.
- Examines the real benefits of effective supervision and what you can do to implement effective risk management, practices and procedures
- Contains practical material such as checklists which you can follow and implement immediately
- Features contributions from experts such as: Tony Guise, director at Guise Solicitors and SDT defence lawyer; Andrew Hopper QC; Alison Matthews, director at regulatory compliance consultancy Alison Matthews Consulting Ltd; and Frank Maher of Legal Risk LLP
- Gives a thorough breakdown of high level SRA rules and guidance, with easy-to-follow steps
- Discusses the future of the legal market, including the imminent CPD changes and training requirements and SRA proposals to ease the burden of compliance
Chapter 1: Why is the supervision issue so important today?
Chapter 2: Who needs supervising?
Chapter 3: The legal and regulatory requirements
Chapter 4: Technology matters
Chapter 5: The role of the supervisor
Chapter 6: Non-lawyers, reserved legal activities, and privilege
Chapter 7: The risks and implications of lack of supervision
Chapter 8: Supervision practices and procedures
Chapter 9: What does the future hold?Check our Executive Summary and full table of contents here