A different focus – Round Table

The fourth Legal Business/Marsh round table brought together a group of risk managers to discuss the changing regulatory landscape and how they manage their risk functions

It is perhaps not surprising that the fourth risk round table hosted by Legal Business and Marsh was dominated by one subject. The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new Code of Conduct, as a part of the move to outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) due in the Autumn, is weighing heavily on the minds of most risk professionals in the largest firms. The prospect of following indicative behaviours, managing relations with the SRA and appointing a compliance officer for legal practice (COLP) were all raised in the course of the discussion.

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In the soup

In the soup

Historically, the largest law firms have had a patchy relationship with the profession’s regulators. Can the Solicitors Regulation Authority build bridges?

Martin Baker, head of risk and compliance at Taylor Wessing, is sitting in a boardroom in front of a mountain of documents. He has only just read through the first few pages of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) second consultation paper on its proposed new code of conduct. With a worried look on his face, he mentions that, in order to bring his firm’s current risk and compliance handbook up to date, he may as well start implementing the changes now before they come into force next October. Continue reading “In the soup”

Reinventing the wheel

Reinventing the wheel

With the SRA on the verge of overhauling the regulatory system yet again, our third annual Legal Business/Marsh risk management round table looked at how ever-moving goalposts will affect successful risk management in the new decade

At the top of a rain-lashed Gherkin on a chilly February night, yet another review of thelegal profession’s regulatory system was discussed, as industry experts came together for dinner to debate some of the most important issues facing law firm managers as we enter a new decade. Continue reading “Reinventing the wheel”

Burning platforms

Burning platforms

While firms have been talking tough on developing effective risk management teams, the preparation ends now. With fundamental changes to the profession around the corner, risk teams need to be primed for action

While the first Legal Business and Marsh risk management survey two years ago examined the need for a risk management function, and last year’s report looked at the very specific challenges facing firms in the teeth of a global recession, this year finds firms very much needing to get in shape. Talk is cheap, and the emphasis now is on getting risk management and compliance teams ready to tackle the fresh structures and regulatory pressures in a new decade.

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