AML, Quality Assurance, Continuing Competence – Key Focus from SRA
The SRA published the finalised 2021 – 2022 business plan and has been releasing various announcements that highlight its focus for the next coming 12 months. “It will be a busy year, as we also drive forward key priorities around quality assurance, standards of advocacy, continuing competence, anti-money laundering, our work in Wales and better information for consumers.” Solicitors Regulation Authority
We provided guidance on some of these focus areas in our recent blogs. In case you missed them, you can find links to some of them below:
The SRA has published a consultation paper in which it proposes increasing its fining threshold to £25,000. The regulator believes that doing so, will allow it to deal with a broader range of disciplinary matters without having to refer them to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). – Read more here
A More Risk-Based and Proportionate Approach to AML
The Law Society has reinforced the need to move away from ‘box ticking’ risk assessments and to truly understand the clients and matters a firm is dealing with through a full risk assessment. – Read more here
Partners Newsletter features
In our Partners Newsletter this month, we highlight the range of services offered by our partners, who we have carefully chosen for their expertise in the legal sector.
Partnership announcement from Ezescan
EzeScan announces its new partnership with NetDocuments, a leading cloud content management platform where legal professionals do work. – read more in this month’s newsletter below.
Law Firm Marketing
Law firms are a specialist and unique type of business that requires specific expertise to help deliver effective and compliant marketing campaigns. The Strategic Partner and FireTap work in unison to deliver law firms with industry-leading expertise with an insight into law firm marketing that is unrivalled.
Fusing the legal knowledge of TSP with the world-class marketing expertise of FireTap provides a unique combination that firms benefit from and built successful and effective marketing and advertising campaigns.
Not only will your firm benefit from full-service marketing agency support, but also a robust legal strategy that drives your business forward.
How regularly does your law firm update its website content with news and articles?
Google no longer allows websites to target a large range of keywords off of a single post or page. Instead, you need to be writing informative and quality content regarding these keywords so that you can target them efficiently. Read more about the power of blogging in their latest article:
“With an approach that is flexible, transparent and engaging, we can work as your outsourced solution or as a marketing partner alongside your existing in-house marketing team.”
Next Generation Legal Practice Management Software
PracticeEvolve understand the path to perfection is a constantly evolving journey.
Mid-tier firms require technology that will remain relevant in a rapidly changing environment. It’s why PracticeEvolve, incorporating Linetime and SOS, are providing progressive, reliable Practice Management Software with a clear pathway to the Cloud. We take responsibility to innovate across products, services and support for you and your future because legal business management matters.
It’s not just about the software either. As the world around us continues to adapt, businesses are always looking for ways to reduce the costs of physical servers with Cloud solutions. Our technology roadmap provides firms with a clear Pathway to the Cloud strategy, enabling you to take advantage of Cloud hosting as the first step towards a native, browser-based cloud solution.
PracticeEvolve works for the future of our clients by committing to an ongoing level of service that includes dedicated resources and regular training. Everything we do is designed to ensure you are always maximising your return on investment.
“By being reliable, responsible and reputable, we will recognise our vision to be the most respected legal technology provider by constantly exceeding expectations globally.“
EzeScan announces its new partnership with NetDocuments, a leading cloud content management platform where legal professionals do work.
This new partnership will enable ﬁrms to develop a seamless integration and improve their operational eﬃciencies with EzeScan’s automated intelligent document capture solution for NetDocuments.
Staying competitive and proﬁtable in the legal space means being able to retrieve and action critical information in a timely manner. The integration means law ﬁrms can transform time-consuming manual business processes into highly automated digital workﬂows from the moment information enters the business.
Whether scanning incoming mailroom correspondence, back scanning existing client ﬁles, or registering documents, EzeScan focuses on reducing the repetitive administrative tasks associated with registering documents so legal professionals can focus on providing their clients with the best legal advice possible.
Kevin Blackley, International Business Development Manager for EzeScan said we are pleased to be able to partner with NetDocuments to provide the legal profession with a solution that will help their digital work process and improve eﬃciencies.
“With intelligent capture capabilities, EzeScan delivers the fastest method available to capture and register both hard copy and digital-born documents directly into NetDocuments,” said Mr Blackley.
Reza Parsia, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at NetDocuments said: “We are excited to add EzeScan to our ISV partner ecosystem and provide our customers with additional opportunities to add value to their NetDocuments platform. EzeScan does a phenomenal job automating workﬂows and their focus on operational eﬃciencyis to be commended, especially in an increasingly remote and digital-ﬁrst environment.”
With EzeScan’s intelligent capture capabilities, document batches are correctly named, distributed, ﬁled and uploaded to the correct matter workspace in NetDocuments. EzeScan provides ad-hoc scanning, image enhancement, data capture, validation, and upload automation, all designed to limit the amount of user intervention and help ingest the information faster.
EzeScan’s web browser interface enables staﬀ to QA, validate and register their documents from their computer or mobile device, anytime, anywhere. By simply capturing one piece of information (e.g. Matter ID), information using EzeScan’s NetDocuments integration will upload the document with the client and matter number directly into the correct workspace.
Charlotte Butterfield and Francine Davies have an impressive combination of 40+ years’ experience. They have finessed their vast wealth of knowledge, skill and know how into achieving something unique. Simplicity is their approach: They put people first.
It is immediately apparent that Charlotte and Francine have strong ethics, values and a genuine passion about what they do. They both really care about their clients and candidates. With unrivalled experience, they consistently deliver the best talent for the role.
They aim to make a difference and be different.
Butterfield Davies are invested in the future by building a progressive, diverse, inclusive and fairer work community.
Unlike other recruiters, Butterfield Davies continue to support and develop the successful candidate with coaching and mentoring. By investing in their relationships, they will help you deliver tangible results for your organisation using your best asset – your employees.
From one day to one week, to one month, to long term – they can help you find the perfect fit.
It’s not just recruitment, it’s partnership and consultancy. For the long term.
The word authentic is overused, but, put plainly, that is what Butterfield Davies are. They put people first. It is that simple.
“We are invested in the future of the legal industry by building a progressive, diverse, inclusive and fairer legal community.”
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Comms Consult has been providing Telecom solutions to the Legal sector for over 20 years, so they have the knowledge to always deliver the right solution first time, every time.
We adopt a consultative approach to any potential new customer so that we fully understand each and every aspect of their requirements before we recommend which telephone system would be the right fit. Whether it be an on-premise Mitel solution or a Gamma Horizon hosted phone system.
Our key services include:
•Free calls to UK landlines & mobiles
•In depth call reporting & analytics
•Full call recording
•Dialler solutions (on-premise or hosted)Inbound contact centre functionality
•Social media interaction
“We only ever suggest the most beneficial solution that works for your budget. Our commitment to you goes beyond the managed provision of your communication package and we pride ourselves on our extensive after-sales care and support.”
COLLARDS CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS
Collards are a general practice accounting firm covering a large range of services. At Collards, we have a close working relationship with our clients, which enables us to better understand their financial affairs.
Our unique approach ensures clients have a close working relationship with our partners and qualified staff members. We ensure that our clients can comply with all statutory regulations and advise on tax and business planning.
We cover a wide range of business and other activities, including manufacturers, media, retailers, wholesalers, solicitors, publishers, IT solution providers, sports clubs, charities, television personalities and designers. From large companies to small sole traders, we are able to encompass and deliver to a vast range of clients.
“Our expertise encompasses the requirements of small to medium sized businesses and the audit of major companies, together with personal and corporate tax planning and advice.”
11 LITTLE FILMS
11 Little Films are experts at creating professionally crafted video content.
Whether you are seeking a corporate video, showreel or product demonstration through the use of video, 11 Little Films have the creativity and expertise to meet your requirements.
With expertise across a range of sectors, including professional services, 11 Little Films are able to understand and interpret your needs to ensure you receive a perfectly presented video for the intended target audience that will gain the expected level of engagement.
11 little films have full songwriting and recording facilities. They are able to create bespoke musical scores in any style for your videos. They can even make cover versions of existing songs to avoid high licensing costs.
HOW WE CAN HELP
The Strategic Partner provides essential support to law firms. We offer a range of services and consultancy tailored to the Legal sector. We have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the overall management of law firms and work with them to achieve profitability, stability, and efficiency. Our goal is to become a valued and respected partner to our member law firms providing high-quality services and solutions at all times.