Supervision in Law Firms

Managing Partner's  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.

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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.

This report:

  • 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

Contents

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

Authors

Nicola Laver
NICOLA LAVER is a dual qualified solicitor and journalist with more than 15 years’ experience in legal and business writing. Nicola has written for all the leading legal publishers, including LexisNexis, Legalease, Incisive Media, Thomson Reuters, and Jordan Publishing. She also writes law firm website content and other digital content, and has written on legal affairs for the Guardian and the Times Legal Supplement. Nicola is the author of Blackstone’s Guide to Becoming a Solicitor and Website Design and Strategy for Law Firms (also published by Ark Group). In addition, she provides communications consultancy advice to law firms on website strategy, digital content, and social media best practice. Nicola’s company Clarity, offers professional writing and communications services for the legal and business professions.

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