Amidst growing concerns in the legal profession of Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) compliance responsibilities and following recent official announcements of the nomination deadline of 31st July for both a Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) and Compliance Officer for Finance & Administration (COFA), we bring timely good news of a newly forged working relationship with Lawclient Ltd to help practices to prepare for topical compliance challenges.
Lawclient Ltd are compliance specialists whose cloud-based Office Procedures Manual (OPM) is easy to use and comprehensive, designed to assist with mandatory COLP and COFA compliance responsibilities specifically and SRA regulatory requirements generally.
The SRA is urging legal practices to develop a firm-wide culture of compliance with a clear focus on delivery of the regulatory outcomes. Conveniently, the OPM contains features such as incorporated hyperlinks to documentation or websites, in-built FAQs and tutorials for straightforward user guidance, all in a fully customisable format for personalised working. Combined with secure online login for improved mobility and uninterrupted access, the OPM can support firms with their new risk, compliance management and reporting obligations.
Paul Wilkinson, Managing Director at Lawclient Ltd, explains that the “OPM is the only manual to mirror the exact structure of the SRA Handbook, a format which all law firms are now familiar, or should be, so that individuals are never more than two clicks away from locating the information they need for their Compliance Officer roles”.
“As the nomination deadline is just a few weeks away, we’re partnering with Quill Pinpoint to introduce the benefits of the OPM to their clients”, adds Paul. “It’s a matter of critical importance that firms carefully choose their Compliance Officers and introduce systems for managing the responsibilities associated with their roles by the end of July. OPM is the ideal solution with its web platform and easy-to-use interface”.
John Donigan, Head of Sales & Marketing at Quill Pinpoint, confirms that they are “launching the OPM to our customer base to introduce the time and financial savings which can be achieved from their investment”.
“Users can effortlessly navigate from policies to procedures, indicative behaviours, reference sources and provide evidence of compliance, thus reducing concerns about adhering to regulatory guidelines and quality standards”, John concludes. “The OPM is an innovative system, driven by compliance experts, from which all practices can gain valuable assistance at excellent value for money”.