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Practice management | Compliance health check

Compliance-fatigue may ?be setting in after months ?of discussion around the subject, but Jeanette Lucy believes many lawyers are embracing the new regime to the benefit of their practices

19 February 2013

Law firm compliance and the associated training requirements have been high on the agenda since October 2011, when outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) replaced the previous rules-based regime.

Compliance is – let’s be frank – not the sexiest of subjects. Couple its dull image with widespread hostility to the introduction of OFR, and it’s a tough call for those responsible for making sure everyone knows about and embraces risk-based regulation.

Most firms have faced up to the challenge, implementing the changes that are needed and undertaking the staff training that is required to meet the OFR requirements. Some practices have even seen the exercise as an opportunity for a root and branch review of how work is done and how client service is delivered. Where risk reviews have shown up archaic working practices and poor client care,

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