The Solicitor’s Handbook 2015 released

The Solicitor’s Handbook 2015 released

CategoryArticles Author Gregory Treverton-Jones KC Date

The Solicitor’s Handbook 2015 is a comprehensive yet user-friendly guide to the regulatory maze that governs the conduct of solicitors. This invaluable resource includes expert commentary from leading practitioners in the field on every aspect of the regulation of solicitors, which will help you ensure compliance within your firm. In addition to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) Code of Conduct, this essential Handbook covers the Accounts Rules, financial services regulation, money laundering requirements and ABS regulations. It also usefully sets out the extent of the regulator’s powers and describes the practical workings of the regulatory and disciplinary processes (including investigations by the SRA and proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, as well as the relevant rights of appeal and review. The 2015 edition has been thoroughly updated to take account of all significant regulatory changes that have been introduced since January 2013, including:

  1. The ban on referral fees in personal injury cases which came into force on 1 April 2013 and the SRA’s subsequent Warning Notice on referral fees
  2. Changes to the law relating to conditional fee agreements and the extension of the range of cases in which damages-based agreements can be used
  3. The introduction of a new set of Outcomes dealing with the conduct requirements for individuals or entities which are temporarily practising overseas
  4. A relaxation of the requirements relating to referrals and recommendations to financial advisers
  5. Changes to the rules governing consumer credit activities, the regulation of which has passed from the Office of Fair Trading to the Financial Conduct Authority
  6. The abolition of the Assigned Risks Pool from 1 October 2013
  7. The High Court decisions in Fuglers and Andersons regarding the level of fines that the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal can impose.

You can find more information on the Law Society’s website.

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