Services for Lawyers

DG Legal is the largest provider of strategic and compliance services operating in England & Wales.

Established in 2000, we have 26 leading consultants who have either worked as gamekeepers or are acknowledged as a leading authority in their area of expertise.  We have experts who have worked for and with the SRA, The Legal Ombudsman, The Law Society, CILEx and the Legal Aid Agency.  We have helped more than 1000 firms ranging from Sole Practitioners to ‘Magic Circle’ firms.

Our consultants have trained hundreds of assessors for The Law Society (Lexcel) and the Legal Aid Agency (Specialist Quality Mark (SQM)) and our experts continue to train the assessors for Recognising Excellence who hold the licence to audit the SQM.

We have a 100% success record with SRA authorisation applications, Lexcel assessments, SQM audits and CQS applications.

We are designers of Compliance Caddy, a best in class cloud-based practice management software that reduces the time that the COLP, COFA and Practice Managers spend on compliance, GDPR and training administration.

We make a real difference in helping firms to:

  • Obtain authorisation to open a law firm
  • Achieve Lexcel, CQS or SQM accreditation
  • Comply with GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018)
  • Handle complaints effectively
  • Best respond to SRA investigations
  • Write compelling tenders
  • Have a meaningful file review process
  • Increase numbers of clients

We also provide thought provoking on a variety of practice management topics, for example, Anti-Money Laundering and advise on effectively working with other experts and relevant parties (websites, Google, accountants, insurers etc.)

DG Legal has also advised politicians and government departments (The Home Office, The Cabinet Office and the Welsh Assembly Government). One of our consultants has recently spent a two year period acting as a Commissioner in Lord Bach’s review of the Justice system ‘The Right to Justice.’

We have a sister company – Lester LLP – that provides advice and assistance to major UK and US charities on providing strategic advice to their grantees. Examples include the Legal Education Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund, the Baring Foundation and Princess Diana of Wales Fund.

We also founded a pro-bono project in 2012 – LegalVoice – an online magazine about ‘access to justice’. It is aimed at legal aid law firms, the not-for-profit sector and all organisations providing publicly-funded legal advice in the UK.  LegalVoice holds regular conferences in London and other cities. Our conferences have been hosted by Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and DLA Piper.


We are delighted to support LegalVoice.

Legal Voice

DG Legal's speed of response is without question as is the knowledge of their staff, even when raising complex questions the likes of which they have not come across before their research and responses have been impressive and it would seem that no stone is left unturned in the search for appropriate advice.

Alan Robertson, FMW Law

Meet the Team
  • review rating 5  We highly recommend the team at DG Legal and in particular Laura Jennings and David Gilmore. I have recommended their services to other colleagues with Law practices. We frequently do not make key regulatory or practice decisions until we have consulted DG legal. We have worked very closely with Laura Jennings on ensuring we satisfactorily meet regulation and complaints handling. Laura ensures attention to detail and has been a very solid point of liaison for us with DG Legal. Large Legal Aid practice multiple UK branches.

    thumb Umar Zeb

    review rating 5  I attended the Supervision and Managing Performance Course in London with David Gilmore last week. We were provided with comprehensive notes and the day was well structured. David Gilmore is very knowledgeable and was happy to answer all questions from the group. He started the day by checking the reasons individuals attended the course and what they wanted to take from the day; I think this helped focus the discussions and meant everyone left having gained from the course. He has a very good understanding of the LAA requirements.

    thumb Dulcie Piff

    review rating 5  David Mel and the team at dg legal continue from provide us with superlative support and guidance. Always there to assist us in a manner that clear and concise . An invaluable service and certainly a fundamental part of our firms team. A huge value add service for us. Many thanks to you all .

    thumb ranjit thaliwal
  • review rating 5  An excellent team! Laura J guided our Firm through the Tender Process. This was a difficult time but Laura was always there, at the end of the phone, making the process so much easier. Laura is not only knowledgeable but extremely approachable. Steve K has and is still assisting our Firm, in several areas, from Lexcel Accreditation, Billing through to CM Audits. His training sessions are invaluable. Steve gives clear advice, always in a timely manner. He has a wealth of knowledge and is another extremely approachable member of the DG Team.

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    review rating 5  DG Legal have helped our firm to navigate the complex process of successfully tendering for an immigration and asylum legal aid contract with the Legal Aid Agency. The staff are always helpful and their expertise has been invaluable to us. We look forward to continuing to work with DG Legal and I have pleasure in recommending their services.

    thumb Rasab Khan