October 10th marks World Mental Health Day 2022. The theme for this year (as set by the World Federation for Mental Health) is “Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority”.
With that in mind, our friends at the mental wellbeing charity LawCare have launched their Tell Ten campaign. The campaign encourages people to tell ten colleagues or friends in the legal profession about LawCare’s work. You never know when someone might need support, and it may be a timely reminder (or introduction) to their vital services.
Reliance: Can you use Client Due Diligence conducted by third parties? [Money Laundering Regulations]
News and Guidance
Law Society – New and updated practice notes (may require login)
- Representation before mental health tribunals
- Social media
- Implementing whistleblowing arrangements
- Raising concerns and whistleblowing – guidance for staff
- Protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam
- Lasting powers of attorney
- Bribery Act 2010
- Price and service transparency
- Closing down your practice: regulatory requirements
- ICO takes action against two government departments for repeated failure to meet FOIA deadlines
- Halfords fined for sending nearly 500,000 unwanted marketing emails
Continuing Competence for Solicitors – what should it look like?
Our live webinar for September will be on Continuing Competence.
Solicitors’ ongoing training and competence is back on the regulatory agenda. With the renewal season upon us, it’s a good time to revisit this hot topic.
This session will include:
- how should firms assess ‘competence’?
- what should a learning and development programme look like?
- how can training help to mitigate regulatory risks?
- what does a firm need to sign off the competence declaration?
- is the SRA likely to move away from the current self-declaration model?
And don’t forget, you will have the opportunity to ask your questions live.
Date: Wednesday 21st September
Registration link: Register here – after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
If you can’t make it, a link to the recording will be in the next issue of this newsletter.
SRA and SDT disciplinary decisions
- Tessa Moloney – fined £2,000 for repeated delay in following client’s instructions over the course of 13 years.
- The Owen Kenny Partnership Limited – fined £2,000 for failing to identify a conflict between the personal representative of an estate and the beneficiaries (the former was gifted a significant proportion of the estate’s value, to the detriment of the latter).
- Wendy Randall – strike off for falsely swearing a parental consent affidavit.