The Law and Regulation of Solicitors: Serious Breaches and Practising Certificate Conditions

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The Law and Regulation of Solicitors: Serious Breaches and Practising Certificate Conditions


Professional standards consultant Katie Jackson discusses the management of risks in law firms and leads you through the confident regulatory practice of solicitors.

She provides guidance on the regulator's requirements for dealing with serious breaches of the rules of professional conduct, the relationship of breaches to the annual renewal of the practising certificate, and the imposition of conditions on solicitors.

Through this guide you can:
Understand the legislative framework sitting behind the Solicitors Regulation Authority's regulations
Understand the various ways to set up and operate as a solicitor firm, and how to meet the expectations of the legislation governing these areas
Identify and manage serious breaches, and understand the regulator's expectations
Manage scenarios in which practising certificate or firm conditions may be imposed
Understand the requirements for, and expectations of, the reporting accountant, and the recent history of changes to their reporting role
Complete your annual CPD, through built in exercises to enable you to understand the judgements required when dealing with the regulator's Codes of Conduct

Legal commentary is accompanied by a separate practical discussion of the management issues arising from the legislation, the possible solutions for implementation within firms, regulatory debates and an analysis of the possible gaps.

The book covers strategic decision making for firms and the different regulatory and risk management outcomes of setting up a practice in different ways. This is an essential title for legal practitioners, reporting accountants, approved regulators, those thinking about working with freelance solicitors or employing solicitors, and those completing the LPC, GDL, SQE, or studying law and ethics.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Professional practice
Professional practice as a concept
Historical development for solicitors
Annual practising year
Embodiment in practising certificate
Technical content (including discussion of legislative and regulatory basis):
Introduction to current legal services regulation and duties to the regulator (SRA)
Current regulatory position
Historical legislative and regulatory development (dating back to 1900s)
Discursive content (including ideas for implementation or discussion in a firm):
Individual expression as a form of practice
Ethics and reporting
The concept of the reasonable man
Conducting your own investigation
Checks and balances in legal regulation
Comparative standards of regulation (including overseas)
Comparative professional practice for others (accountants, management consultants, medical professionals)

Part 2. Practising arrangements
Technical content (including legislative and regulatory basis):
The practising year, practice events, and individual practice
Practising certificates (First issue, renewal, suspension, revocation, holding over)
Firm recognition
Reserved work
Non reserved work
Available practising arrangements (traditional practice, RELs, RFLs, freelancers, ABS, employing solicitors)
Discursive content (including ideas for implementation or discussion in a firm):
The practising year, and timelines for management of individual issues
Options outside regulation, or with alternative regulators
National and international implications
Differences in regulatory outcomes and prosecution standards for the various forms of practice
Ideas for firm strategic management and individual career development based on various forms of practice
Organisational structure
What does the practising year mean to you?
Non reporting relationships with regulators
Accountant reporting and the practising year
Managing renewal
Closing down

Part 3. Practising Certificate conditions
Technical content (including legislative and regulatory basis):
Imposition of conditions
Criminal charges
Risk management
Public interest test
Common conditions
Discursive content (including ideas for implementation or discussion in a firm):
Achieving a balance in risk management
The test for dishonesty and the reporting standard
Managing others with conditions: COLP, COFA or HR?
Do conditions work?
Representations for conditions and risk management
SDT outcomes and SRA outcomes
Regulators and regulatory decision making
Restriction or more practice?
Addressing personal development needs
Confidentiality, public confidence, and publication in an age of digital information
Improving compliance through management

Part 4. Serious breach
Technical content (including legislative and regulatory basis):
Reporting requirements (individual, firm, overseas)
Reporting requirements for reporting accountants
Other reporting and regulatory requirements
Seeking advice
SDT and the standard of proof
Regulatory outcomes
Firm implications
Discursive content (including ideas for implementation or discussion in a firm):
Standards of behaviour for solicitors
The reasonable man
Comparative reporting (international)
COLP, COFA and accountant debates
Dishonesty and reporting
Managing investigations
Pastoral support; thoughts and feelings
Improving compliance
Fiduciary duties
Organisational culture
Organisational learning as a form of risk management

Product details

Published 28 Feb 2022
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 488
ISBN 9781526520685
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Dimensions 248 x 156 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Katie Jackson

Katie Jackson is a former regulator at the Solicit…


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