2024 DG Legal Monthly Newsletters

Each month we provide our Retainer clients with a highly rated compliance bulletin covering what they need to know and what action they must take. Below we provide short summaries of our compliance bulletins as monthly newsletters.

This month's newsletter covers:

Compliance & Management

  • Warning over impersonation of law firms and employees
  • Guidance and warning over conduct in financial services claims

Data Protection

  • Information security questionnaire updated and new affirmation created

AML and Financial Crime

  • New Law Society economic crime guides
  • OFSI general licence for legal fees

Legal Aid

  • LAA announces intentions for 2025 Crime Contract

This month's newsletter covers:

Compliance & Management

  • Warning on accumulation of interest on client money
  • SRA review of consumer protection
  • Consultation on SRA regulation of CILEX students and paralegals
  • Consultation on PC fee contribution to The Law Society
  • Mandatory mediation in small claim disputes
  • Guidance on email footers

AML and Financial Crime

  • Consultations on changes to Money Laundering Regulations and cost of compliance

This month's newsletter covers:

Compliance & Management

  • Applications to remain on the Roll
  • Opportunity to comment on new internal investigations guidance

Data Protection

  • Funded Cyber Essentials Plus for legal aid providers
  • New ICO-approved data protection accreditation for legal service providers

AML and Financial Crime

  • AML Sectoral Risk Assessment updated
  • High risk countries updated
  • Survey on threats to UK sanctions compliance
  • General licence for payment of monies owed to a designated person

Legal Aid

  • Additional Civil Contract Tender
  • 2022 Crime Contract changes

This month's newsletter covers:

Compliance & Management

  • End to allowance for video-witnessing of wills
  • Consultation on new Employment Tribunal fees
  • Approval to restrict fees in financial mis-selling claims

Data Protection

  • Consultation on draft guidance for keeping employment records
  • Consultation on draft guidance for data protection considerations when recruiting

AML and Financial Crime

  • Further sanctions compliance guidance
  • New differentiation between domestic and non-domestic PEPs
  • Source for list of high risk countries amended
  • New exemption to requirement to submit DAML SARs

Legal Aid

  • Further Civil Contract Tender
  • Consultation on increase to criminal legal aid fees
  • Review of inactive civil cases

This month's newsletter covers:

Compliance & Management

  • LeO good costs service guidance
  • Further SRA fixed penalties issued
  • Update on client protection concerns
  • Further work required to improve diversity of legal profession

Data Protection

  • New online DSAR service
  • Obligation to report cyber incidents

Legal Aid

  • Call for evidence in Review of Civil Legal Aid
  • Recruitment for LAA Review Panel Member

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