Lexel

I have had the benefit of some excellent support and advice from David Gilmore and his colleagues at D G Legal over many years, and, most recently, from Catherine Harper whose services I recommend without hesitation. Dealing with Catherine felt like having an extra specialist on our in house compliance team. She completely understood what was required and provided excellent advice and support in a professional and proactive way. Catherine was completely on top of Lexcel 6.1, understood our approach to the challenges of GDPR and the new Money Laundering regulations, and offered informed and practical assistance throughout. The whole experience was a very professional, calm and reassuring one and I look forward to working with the DG Legal team again on our next compliance challenge. I would also commend DG Legal to anyone seeking advice regarding any aspect of the new SRA code of conduct coming into force on the 25th of November [2019].

Phil Walsh
Partner & Practice Manager | Miles & Partners LLP

Why instruct us?

We are proud that our consultants are probably the most experienced team of Lexcel consultants operating in the UK.

Amongst other unique selling points:

  • Our consultants have, between them, managed more than 1,000 practices through the Lexcel scheme;
  • 100% of our clients who have been assessed against the Lexcel Standard have passed the assessment;
  • The Law Society has regularly instructed our consultants to deliver in-house or external training to other consultants and assessors.

We are therefore market leaders in the area of Lexcel accreditation.

Why consider adopting the Lexcel Standard?

Lexcel is the Law Society’s practice management quality mark. Accredited Practices can demonstrate that they meet high standards of excellence in key areas of legal practice management. In particular, it is a highly beneficial tool in managing risk and client care within a practice, leading to increased efficiency and profitability.

The Lexcel Accreditation has gained significantly in popularity over the past few years and this can be attributed to a number of different factors:

  • The synergy between Lexcel and key elements of the SRA Standards and Regulations has given practices confidence in meeting their regulatory obligations;
  • The recognition of Lexcel as a good risk management framework by insurers has led to offers of discounts on annual professional indemnity premiums;
  • A higher number of insurers may be willing to insure a practice that is Lexcel accredited;
  • For legal aid practices, there is exemption from Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) audits; and
  • The improved marketability and competitive advantage gained as a result of achieving Lexcel has led law firms to increase their client base through successful tenders for new work. With increased competition and the recognition of Alternative Business Structures (ABS), Lexcel can set your firm apart from competitors.

Our Expertise

We have helped hundreds of firms through the Lexcel process and provided consultancy advice and assistance to more than 700 other firms.  One of our consultants is also the Law Society's primary external Lexcel training provider.

Our team of Lexcel consultants is headed by David Gilmore who has worked with all the significant legal representative groups in addition to numerous law firms and advice agencies. He has assisted countless firms achieve and maintain the Lexcel Standard.  David is assisted by Stuart Lee, Kate Baker, Matthew Howgate, Amie Higgins, Emily Mayes, Gilles Ward and Roger Newman.

Stuart Lee

Stuart is a highly experienced consultant who previously spent twelve years working for the Legal Services Commission (now the Legal Aid Agency). In addition to being an SQM auditor, he is not only an accredited Lexcel consultant but is also an assessor and able to assist firms in preparing for and maintaining the Lexcel Accreditation.

Kate Baker

Kate has many years of experience as a Lexcel Assessor, undertaking a range of assessments since the inception of the Standard.  She is also a Lexcel trainer and an SQM auditor.

Matthew Howgate

Matthew was formerly Senior Legal Adviser and Head of Continuous Improvement at the Legal Services Commission and then Legal Standards Principal at the Co-operative Legal Services. He is an exceptional and sought-after compliance and organisational development consultant.  Matthew regularly assists firms in preparing for and maintaining the Lexcel Accreditation.

Amie Higgins

Amie is a Senior Solicitor, admitted to the Roll in 2008 and qualified under the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS) as a Level 3 (Advanced) Caseworker and Supervisor. Amie was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in October 2005 and, as such, is a qualified non-practising Barrister.  She regularly assists firms in obtaining and and maintaining the Lexcel Accreditation.

Emily Mayes

Emily has a background in HR and is an experienced and qualified consultant and assessor for Lexcel and SQM and Investors in People.

Gilles Ward

Gilles is a highly experienced consultant on a whole range of compliance and practice management issues.  He is an accredited Lexcel consultant and able to assist firms with obtaining the standard and ongoing compliance.

Roger Newman

Roger worked for a number of years for the consulting and accountancy firm KPMG before moving into the world of quality standards. He has since built up twenty years’ experience advising and assessing organisations against Lexcel, as well as other quality standards. In addition to being a Lexcel consultant, Roger is also a registered SQM auditor.

I have known David Gilmore for more than 20 years, he is extremely knowledgeable regarding Compliance and LAA matters. DG Legal have assisted us for many years in relation to Compliance and in particular submitting the tender bids for both Crime and Civil work. In addition, they have been assisting us in preparing for Lexcel and last week we had our Full Re-assessment, which we passed with flying colours.

Kirit Khushal
Partner | JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors

The Cost

We have a team of Lexcel consultants who are able to assist all types of legal practices, in-house legal departments and other organisations achieve accreditation against the standard. Our Consultants appreciate that legal practices operate in different ways and therefore the challenges faced by practices in implementing Lexcel and the way in which the challenges can be overcome will be different practice by practice. We take pride in ensuring that our services are tailored to the needs of the individual practice.

Our Lexcel service is aimed at ensuring you achieve the accreditation at a pace that is suitable for you with as much input and guidance as you may need from us, whilst ensuring it remains cost-effective.

Contact Us

To discover more about how we can help your firm with compliance issues, please call 01509 214 999, send us an email or complete our free enquiry form.