We can offer Advice, Information and Comment on the Law Society of Scotland's Rules and Guidance. With almost 4 years of experience of advising Solicitors on the Society's Rules and Guidance, our Mr Shepherd has a thorough working knowledge of the duties, obligations and requirements of Scottish Solicitors including:- Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, Standards of Conduct, Advertising and Promotion, Client Communication, and the Accounts Rules.
Anti Money Laundering (AML) and SARs
The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 are a complex and challenging body of Statutory Legislation with which every Solicitor needs to be compliant, as referred to in the Accounts Rules. We can offer assistance and guidance on compliance matters and common AML issues. In addition, we can discuss when a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) is necessary.
Claims, Complaints and SLCC
As the "compensation culture" grows, clients are increasingly aware of the ability to make complaints against their Solicitor and/or make claims in respect of work carried out. All Solicitors who are part of a Practice Unit (regulated by the Law Society) will have Professional Indemnity Insurance cover (through the "Master Policy") but none will be immune to a complaint to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC). Other Solicitors such as In-House Solicitors will only be covered by such insurance as their employers have arranged. We can assist all Solicitors in relation to complaints or claims against them.
Business Solutions, Practice Models and Locum Service
If you are thinking of starting up a business or ceasing it, or retiring, merging or selling, then we can offer practical advice on how to proceed. If you are considering a new Practice Model and how it could work in relation to Scots Law and Scottish Legal practice, then we can help you. If you require short or long term cover during holidays, illness or over-capacity, then we can assist you in finding suitable Locum or other relevant support.
Notary Public and Notarial Services
We can advise you on the provision of notarial services and enquiries regarding them.
Risk Management and Cyber Security
Management of risk on a day to day basis can be challenging and time consuming for a modest size business. Cyber crime is on the increase and attacks on email communications have become commonplace. Reduce the chance of being hacked and your details stolen by criminals. Reduce the chances of your firms and your clients bank details being replaced by false information. Contact us for Support and Guidance on all these matters.
CPD and Training
We can offer at a reasonable cost the chance to improve your knowledge of Professional Practice, Ethics, Business Management, AML and related matters. Our Mr Shepherd can tailor a CPD course to your requirements and deliver it.