Retainer Service

Most of our clients prefer to use our services on a retainer basis simply because the cost is far cheaper than instructing us on an hourly rate or fixed fee basis. The scope and nature of the services provided tends to vary from firm to firm, as each organisation has different needs and priorities.

True experts in a wide range of fields offering sensible and pragmatic advice on a range of issues. Their training is always top notch. I would recommend all their services (especially Retainer Service) wholeheartedly.

Chris Cole
Partner, Parker Rhodes Hickmotts

Services Usually Included in our retainer arrangement

Professional Grade Cloud COLP & COFA Software

We are the only specialist consultancy firm in the legal sector that has developed and rolled out high quality cloud based COLP & COFA compliance software. Unlike other products, this system is built for speed and simplicity. Rather than incorporating superfluous features, it is designed to get the job done in as little as 10 minutes or less per month. If you use it, you will be able to demonstrate to the firm’s managers and the SRA that you are compliant with the SRA Standards and Regulations.

Compliance Bulletin

A highly rated concise compliance bulletin covering what you need to know and what action you must take.

This document is provided on a regular basis and includes news and updates from regulators including the Law Society, Legal Aid Agency, Information Commissioner’s Office and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  It is written in plain English and provides clear guidance and, where appropriate, specimen wording to adopt.

Audits

We are the country’s leading experts on legal aid and SRA audits. We have 25 consultants with up to date knowledge and skills about the scope and nature of each and every audit. For instance, we provide oral advice in advance of every legal aid Contract Manager visit and confirm all advice provided to you in writing.

GDPR

We were ahead of the curve on the single biggest compliance issue of 2018.

We have delivered a number of expert courses on GDPR and for retainer clients we provide a toolkit and manual.

This toolkit comprises of:

  • Data Security & Information Governance Manual
  • Information Audit template
  • Privacy notices for use in client care letters
  • Website data and privacy notice

The Manual includes the following policies & procedures:

  • Data Protection
  • Information Management & Security
  • Transfer of Data to Third Parties
  • Cybercrime and Fraud Prevention
  • E-mail
  • Acceptable Use of IT Facilities
  • Use of Personally-Owned Devices
  • Credit Cards
  • Archiving, Retention & Destruction
  • End of Employment

Expert Advisory Notes

Whenever there is a significant reform requiring your attention and action we prepare a plain English briefing explaining precisely what you need to do to remain compliant. Examples of recent advisory notes are:

  • 2017 Money Laundering Regulations
  • The SRA Standards and Regulations Reforms
  • SRA Financial Services Activity questionnaire
  • Data Security
  • The SRA Competence Statement

SRA Communications

We can assist with helping you to respond quickly and appropriately to all SRA requests and annual returns

Quality Assurance

We have assisted hundreds of firms with their quality assurance assessments and have a 100% pass record. Our approach to recruit gamekeepers, has led to us to become market leaders in this field.

David Gilmore and Stuart Lee have trained hundreds of auditors to become SQM auditors. On behalf of The Law Society, we have also trained dozens of people to become licensed Lexcel Assessors and / or Consultants.

Tenders

We have prepared and submitted hundreds of error free tenders for legal aid contracts. We use a minimum of four consultants working on just one tender to ensure that no errors are made.

We also use video capture software to prove the submission of an error free tender in the event of a dispute with the Legal Aid Agency. This was a godsend with one tender where the LAA wrongly alleged that a tender was not successfully submitted through the Bravo Solutions portal. We are proud not to have ever been part of an unsuccessful tender.

Business and Marketing Planning

We are able to provide practical assistance and ideas that work based upon experience gained by visiting more than 800 firms over the past 20 years. For example, we can teach you about how our clients have been able to get to the top of the Google search rankings and prove it to you.

Unlimited Telephone and Email Support

Our retainer clients have access to as much advice and assistance as they need. They are provided with a preferred email address. Replies to retainer clients are prioritised above all other emails.

Precedents / Templates

We ensure that our clients have up to date accurate documents. We have dozens of templates including a Quality Manual which complies with SRA, LAA and other legal and regulatory obligations. The Quality Manual is adapted to your firm’s needs and is updated regularly. Our category specific client care letters help ensure that you meet your obligations.

Courses and materials

Our courses and guidance materials are different to most other providers. We don’t simply provide a meaningless set of PowerPoint slides. Our talks are accompanied by detailed course notes so that delegates don’t need to take notes or possess a powerful memory! Courses are always discounted for retainer clients.

For further details, please see our Training Courses page.

Cost

The price for this service depends upon the size of the firm and the precise scope of the service. A typical cost for a small high street practice is £500 per month.

What Clients Say

I have spent nearly 7 years battling through LAA compliance on my own and the extremely valuable retainer I now have in place means I do not have to any longer. It’s a real weight off my mind, especially in these difficult times. Within 2 weeks it has paid for itself several times over. Cannot recommend the team at DG Legal highly enough.

Jodie Leonard
Director, Boyle Tricks Leonard

I highly recommend DG Legal. The advice and assistance I have been provided with has been invaluable in the LAA Tender and an SQM application. All the members of the team I have dealt with are knowledgeable (they are experts in their field), accessible (quick responses to calls and emails) and friendly. In addition, the courses on offer are informative and a really good opportunity to network. As a retainer client, I feel DG Legal’s services are excellent value for money.

Charles Njindou
Principal, Charles Paulin & Co. Solicitors

Excellent legal consultants, we have been a retainer client for many years. David and the team are always there for help and guidance. They also hold regular training courses, which are very informative.

Duncan Frost
Partner, Foxes Solicitors

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 the free enquiry form below.

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If you would like further information on any of the services mentioned on this site or would like to arrange a discussion with one of our consultants, please send an email or contact us by completing this form.

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