June 2018 Managers newsletter

Welcome to a new e-newsletter from the CLC especially for managers in CLC-regulated firms.

This will appear in your in box monthly and will focus on issues of compliance with the CLC’s Regulatory Arrangements and the management of your firms as well as matters of particular concern to those with managerial responsibilities. We will continue to circulate a more general monthly update for all those individuals we regulate and others in law firms who have subscribed to those.

We hope that you will find this useful. We are always pleased to receive any feedback. Just write to us at clc@clc-uk.org

 

Better informed clients

We are now seeking views on the proposed changes to our Regulatory Arrangements to implement the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) recommendations set out in its Legal Services Market Study regarding price and service transparency. The changes will aid consumers by providing cost, service and regulatory information at an earlier stage to help them make their choice of lawyer.

The changes aim to provide better transparency for consumers and foster innovation and competition in the legal services market whilst having minimal impact on the regulatory burden on the profession.

The responses to our previous consultation that many of you took part in have helped to inform the proposed changes to the Regulatory Arrangements contained in this consultation.

There’s a lot of information on the ‘Lawyers’ section of our website if you want to find out more.

Whilst promoting appropriate levels of consumer protection, our aim in reviewing the Regulatory Arrangements is to:

  1. Ensure minimal impact on the regulatory burden.
  2. Provide greater flexibility for CLC Lawyers and Practices to participate in a diverse legal market, increasing access for the public and quality of legal services.
  3. Provide greater clarity for CLC Lawyers and Practices so that the CLC’s expectations are clear.

Please take some time to respond to this important consultation.

https://www.clc-uk.org/lawyers/helping-consumers-choose-their-lawyer/

Subject to approval by the Legal Services Board, the new rules should be in place by the end of 2018.

 

CLC Fees consultation

Don’t forget that you can also have your say on our licence and practice fee arrangements.

The consultation paper can be viewed online  and responses need to be received by 5pm on Friday 22 June 2018

 

Inclusive leadership for business success

In our 2017 Annual Regulatory Review of all CLC-regulated firms you told us that, while 73% of all staff are female, only 47% of managers were.

Why do women in this sector not enjoy the same career progression opportunities and success as their male colleagues? Could firms do better with a more inclusive approach?

Business in the Community (BITC) have produced the Inclusive Leadership report that includes a lot of useful insight and practical case studies from all kinds of businesses. These will be helpful in considering how you could make best use of all of the talent that is available to your firm.

Take some time to read the material available on the BITC website and discuss with colleagues how you can make use of the experience of other employers.

Go to the BITC website

 

Compliance Roadshows – book now

There’s still time to book your free place at one of our June CPD sessions at cities around the country in June. These are open to all Licensed Conveyancers and Conveyancing Technicians as well as anyone else working in CLC-regulated firms and indeed anyone else in the conveyancing industry.

As well as providing an opportunity to have a discussion on our consultation on transparency of price and service information we will also be looking at how you can respond to new requirements around:

  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Money Laundering Regulations

It will also be a chance to put your questions to the CLC team.

Click on the links below to book your free place.

 

12th June

Leicester – 1500-1700

 

13th June

Bristol – 1500-1700

 

14th June

Manchester – 1500-1700

 

20th June

London – 1500-1700

 

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