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2021 - The State of the Solicitors Profession - A Year in Review

As is traditional for us at CPM21 at this time of year, we reflect on the last 12 months for our clients in the solicitors’ profession. At the time of writing this article, the new Omicron variant was spreading throughout the UK. Unfortunately, apart from Beta, Gamma, Delta, Eta, Ioata, Kappa and Lambda which have already been identified as variants, there are another 16 letters left in the Greek alphabet for the scientists to use up.

In another year dominated by the Pandemic, generally our solicitor clients continued adapting to meet the need for legal services that still exists. Of note was conveyancing, which was juddering along like a steam train at the start of the year as clients desperately sought to complete within the Stamp Duty Land Tax and Land Transaction Tax holidays. While there was excess demand at the time, many firms continue to see large numbers of new matters for Conveyancing still coming in.

Most other categories of law also saw reasonable demand, with the sector’s contribution to the economy being £60 Billion (Law Society Gazette 27/10/2021)

Last year we noted the uncertainty around Brexit which was in the news a lot at the time, but at present it doesn’t seem to have had any effect on the demand for legal services.

So, from the solicitors’ profession perspective what else went on in 2021?

As we mentioned in last year’s article, there was little in the way of changes or updates to the SRA Standards and Regulations 2019, the 2019 SRA Code of Conduct for Firms, or the 2019 SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLs.

Instead, the SRA seemed to concentrate their efforts on another item we reported on last year – Money Laundering. Audits started up again, with the regulator eager to demonstrate how serious an issue Anti-Money Laundering is to them. 2021 kicked off with firms being asked to declare whether they were now in scope of the MLR 2019 and were providing “Tax advice.” Most firms up until that point didn’t think they were, at least not until they read what the SRA now classed as Tax advice. This nasty shock to some was accompanied by an SRA requirement to complete a form FA10b to show the categories now included within the realms of Tax Advice, such as Will Writing, Probate, Litigation, Personal Injury, Employment and Family Law.

This came with a deadline for the form to be submitted to them by the 10th January 2021.

Not long after, the Legal Sector Affinity Group (LSAG) released new guidance on Anti-Money Laundering that is now considered the definitive advice for the sector, with the SRA Desktop and Face to Face Audits that took place throughout the year using it as one of the bases for their audit reports to firms. In terms of the statistics for the year, 85 firm visits were undertaken by the SRA with another 168 desk-based reviews taking place.

From this the SRA concluded that the most common reasons for non-compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations was not having a proper risk assessment in place for AML matters, while other issues included poor client due diligence, inadequate checks on the source of funds, failures by staff to follow procedures, inadequate training or supervision and poor policies.

The SRA took 29 enforcement actions resulting in total fines of £160,000 being issued.

Next up is another subject we mentioned in the previous two years, which is the SRA Service and Transparency Rules. Solicitors will recall that if they had a website, then they had to provide certain information to the public such as costs for a range of services. Up until 2021, no significant action had been taken by the SRA against firms, but that changed with fines now being issued for those that did not comply, up to the value of £2000 in some cases.

Last year’s article also noted that this year would see the SRA two yearly diversity survey take place, which it did in July of 2021. The next one will now be in 2023.

Another subject we mentioned in 2020 was the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, and the fact that it still remained largely un-audited by the Law Society. That did not appear to change in 2021, but there is always the possibility they will get around to it in 2022.

GDPR as a subject was relatively quiet again in 2021 with only one change really following Brexit, which was that the “EU GDPR” was transposed into UK law on the 31st December 2020, following Brexit. Firms may want to check the wording in their client care and terms of business letters to ensure it is up to date regarding this change. Since then, the UK government has published a consultation paper regarding how it may change GDPR so that it diverges from the EU GDPR, so watch this space for more changes over the next year or so.

It would also be remiss not to mention the Criminal Legal Aid tender launched by the Legal Aid Agency for Criminal Law firms to tender for a 2022 contract. This particular tender was greeted by general scepticism and disbelief by most of our Criminal Client Firms…scepticism and disbelief that it was…too easy.

Yes, after the Legal Aid Agency attempts to shake up the way that Criminal Defence Services would be provided over the last two contract tenders, it felt strange for many Criminal Law Firms to have a relatively straightforward tender process, although having said that they did still have to submit it on the LAA Bravo Solutions tender portal…

According to the LAA the tender results will be announced in early February 2022…

The cpm21 year…

We continued our work supporting firms with SRA AML audits and also providing an independent AML audit function to satisfy the requirement of Regulation 21 in the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 [Amendment 2019].

We also carried on with our support for firms who had Lexcel audits during the year, most of which continued to be held remotely by Zoom or Skype

While we still weren’t able to provide in person training for firms, we provided training for several hundred solicitors on-line via ZOOM on a range of topics, such as; Complaints Handling, Legal Aid Supervision, Anti-Money Laundering, the SRA Standards and Regulations 2019, and “Running the 21st Century Legal Firm”. We also adapted our Professional Skills Course for Trainee Solicitors so that we were able to provide this for two cohorts of trainees completely by remote, including the required examination.

Also, as far as the Professional Skills Course goes, with the launch of the Solicitors Qualification Examination in the latter half of 2021, we had thought that our Autumn 2021 PSC course would be our last, however we’ve had quite a bit of demand for it, so we will be holding a further course in the Spring of 2022.

We mentioned file reviews, and we again conducted over a 1000 for clients of our outsourced file review service. We also continued to support firms with our outsourced Complaints Handling service.

We continued to support firms with CQS and the scheme’s annual requirements, such as compliance plans and risk reviews. We also provided new sets of Anti-Money Laundering policies, controls and procedures (PCPs) in line with the provisions of the 2019 MLR changes and the LSAG guidance along with a new Practice Wide Risk Assessment (PWRA) and other useful forms such as a Source of Funds/Source of Wealth form.

Given the step up on Price Transparency enforcement by the SRA, firms asked us to help them by checking their website compliance and let them know where they were not fully compliant.

With the Equality and Diversity information needing to be reported in July, we provided our usual support with data collation and analysis for individual firms who wanted to understand their diversity make up prior to reporting it to the regulator.

And to finish off, September, October and November 2021 became very busy for us where we supported Criminal Defence Firms with their tender submissions for the 2022 Legal Aid Agency Criminal Defence contract.

2022 – The shape of things to come…

We expect a continuation of SRA Anti-Money Laundering audits, SRA Website and non-Website audits of the SRA Service and Transparency rules, and resumption of CQS Audits. But there are other things that can be expected…

A new UK GDPR that diverges with the EU GDPR- The UK Government announced more than 70 proposals and calls for views to justify its probable change of UK GDPR. The proposals range from clarifications to provide greater certainty, proposals positioning the UK within a non-EU data protection world of Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Canada (indicating the direction of international travel for the UK), and proposals to facilitate innovation in light of the Government’s stated goal to empower UK business to grow and innovate. If this does happen, firms can look forward to changing their terms of business, client care letters, client privacy statements, employee privacy statements, information management and data security policies, and information asset registers amongst other things to accommodate the changes.

A Return to CPD - In 2022 it will be 7 years since the SRA abolished its Continuing Professional Development, or CPD scheme. Instead, it introduced its “Statement of Solicitor Competence” in 2016 as a replacement. While the SRA have not made any changes to this since then, it appears that the Legal Services Board are quite disenchanted with it and have recently stated that the legal profession is “out of step” with other disciplines and requires a more formal way of ensuring that lawyers continue to maintain high standards (Law Society Gazette 8th of December 2021).

What – we hear our clients ask? A more formal way, you mean recording training, maybe by the number of hours that a solicitor is trained for during a year. We wonder what that could be called…

The SRA appear quite resistant to what the LSB is implying in its critique. They have previously responded in June 2020 with this;

“Unnecessarily high entry standards and continuing competence requirements risk having a negative impact on access to justice, diversity and competition. Our role as regulator is not to require excellence, but to set and enforce against appropriately challenging threshold standards.”

So, there you have it. It appears that the SRA does not require excellence from the profession, which the Legal Services Board on behalf of consumers, seems to disagree with.

Again, watch this space for a potential change from the current training regime, and we predict that whatever the new system will be called, it will not be “CPD II.”

Civil Contract Tender – We’ve mentioned the Criminal Defence Contract tender several times in this article, however the next “big” legal aid contract tender will be for Civil legal services, with the current already extended contract coming to an end on 31st August 2022. If the Legal Aid Agency follow their pattern for other recent tenders, then firms who wish to apply for this tender should keep a look out for news of its opening in the first quarter of 2022.

SRA Service and Transparency rules – While we mentioned this subject in terms of audits, there may also be changes to the rules themselves as the SRA has come under pressure by the LSB to improve price transparency (Law Society Gazette 15th September 2021). We would speculate that the profession may see further categories of law, such as Family/Matrimonial included in the information that might have to be published on their websites as the SRA tries to “tick this box” for the LSB.

14 years of support which will always be there for you…

Cpm21 is proud of its record in supporting solicitors with their regulatory and management support needs, and 2021 was our 14th year of doing so.

2021 has been another year of uncertainty, and with the current issues around the latest Covid variant, at least the first half of 2022 is likely to be too.

However, if you are one of our clients, or a client of the future, then there is one thing you can be certain of, and that is that we will be there to support you with our independent and impartial advice and services.

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from the cpm21 team.

To see this article in Welsh, read on….

I weld yr erthygl hon yn Gymraeg, darllenwch ymlaen…

 

2021 - Cyflwr Proffesiwn y Cyfreithwyr

Adolygiad Blwyddyn

Fel sy’n draddodiadol i ni yn CPM21 yr adeg hon o’r flwyddyn, rydym yn myfyrio ar y 12 mis diwethaf i’n cleientiaid ym mhroffesiwn y cyfreithwyr. Ar adeg ysgrifennu'r erthygl hon, roedd yr amrywiad Omicron newydd yn lledu ledled y DU. Yn anffodus, ar wahân i Beta, Gamma, Delta, Eta, Ioata, Kappa a Lambda sydd eisoes wedi'u nodi fel amrywiadau, mae 16 llythyren arall ar ôl yn yr wyddor Roegaidd i'r gwyddonwyr eu defnyddio.

Mewn blwyddyn arall a ddominyddwyd gan y Pandemig, yn gyffredinol parhaodd ein cleientiaid cyfreithiwr i addasu i ddiwallu'r angen am wasanaethau cyfreithiol sy'n dal i fodoli. Mae'n werth nodi bod trawsgludo, a oedd yn edrych ymlaen fel trên stêm ar ddechrau'r flwyddyn wrth i gleientiaid geisio'n daer i gwblhau o fewn gwyliau Treth Tir y Dreth Stamp a Threth Trafodiad Tir. Er bod galw gormodol ar y pryd, mae llawer o gwmnïau'n parhau i weld nifer fawr o faterion newydd ar gyfer Trawsgludo yn dal i ddod i mewn.

Gwelodd y mwyafrif o gategorïau eraill y gyfraith alw rhesymol hefyd, gyda chyfraniad y sector i'r economi yn £ 60 biliwn (Law Society Gazette 27/10/2021)

Y llynedd gwnaethom nodi’r ansicrwydd ynghylch Brexit a oedd yn y newyddion lawer ar y pryd, ond ar hyn o bryd nid yw’n ymddangos ei fod wedi cael unrhyw effaith ar y galw am wasanaethau cyfreithiol.

Felly, o safbwynt proffesiwn y cyfreithwyr beth arall a ddigwyddodd yn 2021?

Fel y soniasom yn erthygl y llynedd, nid oedd fawr ddim yn y newidiadau na diweddariadau i Safonau a Rheoliadau SRA 2019, Cod Ymddygiad Cwmnïau SRA 2019, na Chod Ymddygiad SRA 2019 ar gyfer Cyfreithwyr, RELs a RFLs.

Yn lle hynny, roedd yn ymddangos bod yr SRA yn canolbwyntio eu hymdrechion ar eitem arall y gwnaethom adrodd arni y llynedd - Gwyngalchu Arian. Dechreuodd archwiliadau eto, gyda'r rheoleiddiwr yn awyddus i ddangos pa mor ddifrifol yw mater Gwrth-Gwyngalchu Arian iddynt. Dechreuodd 2021 gyda chwmnïau yn cael eu gofyn i ddatgan a oeddent bellach o fewn cwmpas MLR 2019 ac yn darparu “cyngor treth.” Hyd nes y pwynt hwnnw, nid oedd y mwyafrif o gwmnïau yn meddwl eu bod, o leiaf nid nes eu bod yn darllen yr hyn yr oedd yr SRA bellach yn ei ystyried yn gyngor Treth. Ynghyd â'r sioc gas hon i rai, roedd gofyniad SRA i lenwi ffurflen FA10b i ddangos y categorïau sydd bellach wedi'u cynnwys ym maes Cyngor Trethi, megis Ysgrifennu Ewyllys, Profiant, Ymgyfreitha, Anaf Personol, Cyflogaeth a Chyfraith Teulu.

Daeth hyn gyda dyddiad cau ar gyfer cyflwyno'r ffurflen iddynt erbyn 10fed Ionawr 2021.

Yn fuan wedi hynny, rhyddhaodd Gr?p Affinedd y Sector Cyfreithiol (LSAG) ganllawiau newydd ar Wrth-Gwyngalchu Arian sydd bellach yn cael ei ystyried yn gyngor diffiniol i'r sector, gyda'r Penbwrdd SRA ac Archwiliadau Wyneb yn Wyneb a gynhaliwyd trwy gydol y flwyddyn yn ei ddefnyddio fel un o'r seiliau ar gyfer eu hadroddiadau archwilio i gwmnïau. O ran yr ystadegau ar gyfer y flwyddyn, cynhaliwyd 85 o ymweliadau cadarn gan yr SRA gyda 168 o adolygiadau eraill ar ddesg yn cael eu cynnal.

O hyn, daeth yr SRA i'r casgliad nad oedd y rhesymau mwyaf cyffredin dros beidio â chydymffurfio â'r Rheoliadau Gwrth-Gwyngalchu Arian yn cael asesiad risg cywir ar waith ar gyfer materion AML, tra bod materion eraill yn cynnwys diwydrwydd dyladwy cleient gwael, gwiriadau annigonol ar ffynhonnell y cronfeydd. , methiannau gan staff i ddilyn gweithdrefnau, hyfforddiant neu oruchwyliaeth annigonol a pholisïau gwael.

Cymerodd yr SRA 29 o gamau gorfodi gan arwain at gyhoeddi dirwyon o £ 160,000.

Y peth nesaf yw pwnc arall y soniasom amdano yn ystod y ddwy flynedd flaenorol, sef Rheolau Gwasanaeth a Thryloywder yr SRA. Bydd cyfreithwyr yn cofio, os oedd ganddynt wefan, yna roedd yn rhaid iddynt ddarparu gwybodaeth benodol i'r cyhoedd megis costau ar gyfer ystod o wasanaethau. Hyd at 2021, nid oedd yr SRA wedi cymryd unrhyw gamau sylweddol yn erbyn cwmnïau, ond newidiodd hynny gyda dirwyon bellach yn cael eu rhoi ar gyfer y rhai nad oeddent yn cydymffurfio, hyd at werth £ 2000 mewn rhai achosion.

Nododd erthygl y llynedd hefyd y byddai arolwg amrywiaeth dwy flynedd yr SRA eleni yn cael ei gynnal, a wnaeth ym mis Gorffennaf 2021. Bydd yr un nesaf nawr yn 2023.

Pwnc arall y soniasom amdano yn 2020 oedd y Cynllun Ansawdd Trawsgludo, a'r ffaith ei fod yn dal i fod heb ei archwilio i raddau helaeth gan Gymdeithas y Gyfraith. Nid oedd yn ymddangos bod hynny wedi newid yn 2021, ond mae bob amser y posibilrwydd y byddant yn symud o gwmpas iddo yn 2022.

Roedd GDPR fel pwnc yn gymharol dawel eto yn 2021 gyda dim ond un newid yn dilyn Brexit mewn gwirionedd, sef bod “GDPR yr UE” wedi ei drosi i gyfraith y DU ar 31ain Rhagfyr 2020, yn dilyn Brexit. Efallai y bydd cwmnïau am wirio'r geiriad yn eu gofal cleientiaid a thelerau eu llythyrau busnes i sicrhau ei fod yn gyfredol yngl?n â'r newid hwn. Ers hynny, mae llywodraeth y DU wedi cyhoeddi papur ymgynghori ynghylch sut y gallai newid GDPR fel ei fod yn gwyro oddi wrth GDPR yr UE, felly gwyliwch y gofod hwn am fwy o newidiadau dros y flwyddyn nesaf.

Byddai hefyd yn esgeulus heb sôn am y tendr Cymorth Cyfreithiol Troseddol a lansiwyd gan yr Asiantaeth Cymorth Cyfreithiol ar gyfer cwmnïau Cyfraith Droseddol i dendro am gontract 2022. Cafodd y tendr penodol hwn ei gyfarch gan amheuaeth gyffredinol ac anghrediniaeth gan y mwyafrif o'n Cwmnïau Cleientiaid Troseddol ... amheuaeth ac anghrediniaeth ei fod yn ... rhy hawdd.

Do, ar ôl i’r Asiantaeth Cymorth Cyfreithiol geisio ysgwyd y ffordd y byddai Gwasanaethau Amddiffyn Troseddol yn cael eu darparu dros y ddau dendr contract diwethaf, roedd yn teimlo’n rhyfedd i lawer o Gwmnïau Cyfraith Droseddol gael proses dendro gymharol syml, er eu bod wedi dweud eu bod yn dal i wneud hynny rhaid ei gyflwyno ar borth tendr LAA Bravo Solutions…

Yn ôl yr LAA bydd canlyniadau’r tendr yn cael eu cyhoeddi ddechrau mis Chwefror 2022…

Y flwyddyn cpm21…

Fe wnaethom barhau â'n gwaith yn cefnogi cwmnïau ag archwiliadau AML SRA a hefyd yn darparu swyddogaeth archwilio AML annibynnol i fodloni gofyniad Rheoliad 21 yn Rheoliadau Gwyngalchu Arian, Ariannu Terfysgaeth a Throsglwyddo Cronfeydd (Gwybodaeth am y Talwr) 2017 [Diwygiad 2019].

Fe wnaethom hefyd barhau â'n cefnogaeth i gwmnïau a gafodd archwiliadau Lexcel yn ystod y flwyddyn, ac roedd y rhan fwyaf ohonynt yn parhau i gael eu cynnal o bell gan Zoom neu Skype

Er nad oeddem yn dal i allu darparu hyfforddiant personol i gwmnïau, gwnaethom ddarparu hyfforddiant i gannoedd o gyfreithwyr ar-lein trwy ZOOM ar ystod o bynciau, megis; Trin Cwynion, Goruchwylio Cymorth Cyfreithiol, Gwrth-Gwyngalchu Arian, Safonau a Rheoliadau SRA 2019, a “Rhedeg Cwmni Cyfreithiol yr 21ain Ganrif”. Fe wnaethom hefyd addasu ein Cwrs Sgiliau Proffesiynol ar gyfer Cyfreithwyr dan Hyfforddiant fel ein bod yn gallu darparu hwn ar gyfer dwy garfan o hyfforddeion yn gyfan gwbl o bell, gan gynnwys yr arholiad gofynnol.

Hefyd, cyn belled ag y mae'r Cwrs Sgiliau Proffesiynol yn mynd, gyda lansiad yr Arholiad Cymhwyster Cyfreithwyr yn hanner olaf 2021, roeddem wedi meddwl mai ein cwrs PSC Hydref 2021 fyddai ein olaf, fodd bynnag rydym wedi cael cryn dipyn o alw ar ei gyfer, felly byddwn yn cynnal cwrs pellach yng Ngwanwyn 2022.

Gwnaethom grybwyll adolygiadau ffeiliau, a gwnaethom gynnal dros 1000 eto ar gyfer cleientiaid ein gwasanaeth adolygu ffeiliau ar gontract allanol. Fe wnaethom hefyd barhau i gefnogi cwmnïau gyda'n gwasanaeth Trin Cwynion ar gontract allanol.

Fe wnaethom barhau i gefnogi cwmnïau â CQS a gofynion blynyddol y cynllun, megis cynlluniau cydymffurfio ac adolygiadau risg. Fe wnaethom hefyd ddarparu setiau newydd o bolisïau, rheolaethau a gweithdrefnau Gwrth-Gwyngalchu Arian (PCP) yn unol â darpariaethau newidiadau 2019 MLR a chanllawiau LSAG ynghyd ag Asesiad Risg Eang Eang (PWRA) a ffurflenni defnyddiol eraill fel a Ffurflen Ffynhonnell y Cronfeydd / Ffynhonnell Cyfoeth.

O ystyried y cam i fyny ar orfodi Tryloywder Prisiau gan yr SRA, gofynnodd cwmnïau inni eu helpu trwy wirio cydymffurfiad eu gwefan a rhoi gwybod iddynt lle nad oeddent yn cydymffurfio'n llawn.

Gan fod angen adrodd ar y wybodaeth Cydraddoldeb ac Amrywiaeth ym mis Gorffennaf, gwnaethom ddarparu ein cefnogaeth arferol gyda choladu a dadansoddi data ar gyfer cwmnïau unigol a oedd am ddeall eu colur amrywiaeth cyn ei hadrodd i'r rheolydd.

Ac i orffen, daeth Medi, Hydref a Thachwedd 2021 yn brysur iawn i ni lle gwnaethom gefnogi Cwmnïau Amddiffyn Troseddol gyda'u cyflwyniadau tendr ar gyfer contract Amddiffyn Troseddol 2022 yr Asiantaeth Cymorth Cyfreithiol.

2022 - Siâp pethau i ddod…

Disgwyliwn barhad o archwiliadau Gwrth-Gwyngalchu Arian SRA, Gwefan SRA ac archwiliadau heblaw gwefannau o reolau Gwasanaeth a Thryloywder yr SRA, ac ailddechrau Archwiliadau CQS. Ond mae yna bethau eraill y gellir eu disgwyl…

GDPR newydd yn y DU sy'n ymwahanu â GDPR yr UE - Cyhoeddodd Llywodraeth y DU fwy na 70 o gynigion ac mae'n galw am farn i gyfiawnhau ei newid tebygol o GDPR y DU. Mae'r cynigion yn amrywio o eglurhad i ddarparu mwy o sicrwydd, cynigion sy'n lleoli'r DU o fewn byd diogelu data y tu allan i'r UE yn Singapore, Awstralia, Seland Newydd a Chanada (gan nodi cyfeiriad teithio rhyngwladol i'r DU), a chynigion i hwyluso arloesedd mewn goleuni. o nod datganedig y Llywodraeth i rymuso busnes y DU i dyfu ac arloesi. Os bydd hyn yn digwydd, gall cwmnïau edrych ymlaen at newid eu telerau busnes, llythyrau gofal cleientiaid, datganiadau preifatrwydd cleientiaid, datganiadau preifatrwydd gweithwyr, polisïau rheoli gwybodaeth a diogelwch data, a chofrestrau asedau gwybodaeth ymhlith pethau eraill i ddarparu ar gyfer y newidiadau.

Dychweliad i DPP - Yn 2022 bydd yn 7 mlynedd ers i'r SRA ddileu ei gynllun Datblygiad Proffesiynol Parhaus, neu DPP. Yn lle hynny, cyflwynodd ei “Ddatganiad o Gymhwysedd Cyfreithiwr” yn 2016 yn ei le. Er nad yw'r SRA wedi gwneud unrhyw newidiadau i hyn ers hynny, mae'n ymddangos bod y Bwrdd Gwasanaethau Cyfreithiol wedi anghytuno ag ef ac wedi nodi'n ddiweddar bod y proffesiwn cyfreithiol “allan o gam” gyda disgyblaethau eraill ac yn gofyn am ffordd fwy ffurfiol o sicrhau bod cyfreithwyr yn parhau i gynnal safonau uchel (Law Society Gazette 8fed o Ragfyr 2021).

Beth - rydyn ni'n clywed ein cleientiaid yn gofyn? Mewn ffordd fwy ffurfiol, rydych chi'n golygu recordio hyfforddiant, efallai yn ôl nifer yr oriau y mae cyfreithiwr yn cael hyfforddiant ar eu cyfer yn ystod blwyddyn. Tybed beth ellid galw hynny ...

Mae'r SRA yn ymddangos yn eithaf gwrthsefyll yr hyn y mae'r LSB yn ei awgrymu yn ei feirniadaeth. Maent wedi ymateb o'r blaen ym mis Mehefin 2020 gyda hyn;

“Mae risg i safonau mynediad diangen o uchel a gofynion cymhwysedd parhaus gael effaith negyddol ar fynediad at gyfiawnder, amrywiaeth a chystadleuaeth. Nid gofyn am ragoriaeth yw ein rôl fel rheoleiddiwr, ond gosod a gorfodi yn erbyn safonau trothwy heriol sy'n briodol. "

Felly, dyna chi. Mae'n ymddangos nad yw'r SRA yn gofyn am ragoriaeth gan y proffesiwn, y mae'n ymddangos bod y Bwrdd Gwasanaethau Cyfreithiol ar ran defnyddwyr yn anghytuno ag ef.

Unwaith eto, gwyliwch y gofod hwn am newid posibl o'r drefn hyfforddi gyfredol, ac rydym yn rhagweld beth bynnag fydd y system newydd yn cael ei galw, na fydd yn “DPP II.”

Tendr Contract Sifil - Rydym wedi sôn am dendr y Contract Amddiffyn Troseddol sawl gwaith yn yr erthygl hon, fodd bynnag bydd y tendr contract cymorth cyfreithiol “mawr” nesaf ar gyfer gwasanaethau cyfreithiol sifil, gyda’r contract cyfredol sydd eisoes wedi’i estyn yn dod i ben ar 31 Awst 2022 Os bydd yr Asiantaeth Cymorth Cyfreithiol yn dilyn eu patrwm ar gyfer tendrau diweddar eraill, yna dylai cwmnïau sydd am wneud cais am y tendr hwn gadw llygad am newyddion am ei agoriad yn chwarter cyntaf 2022.

Rheolau Gwasanaeth a Thryloywder SRA - Er i ni grybwyll y pwnc hwn o ran archwiliadau, efallai y bydd newidiadau i'r rheolau eu hunain hefyd gan fod yr SRA wedi dod dan bwysau gan yr LSB i wella tryloywder prisiau (Law Society Gazette 15fed Medi 2021). Byddem yn dyfalu y gallai'r proffesiwn weld categorïau pellach o'r gyfraith, fel Family / Matrimonial, wedi'u cynnwys yn y wybodaeth y gallai fod yn rhaid ei chyhoeddi ar eu gwefannau wrth i'r SRA geisio “ticio'r blwch hwn” ar gyfer y BGLl.

14 mlynedd o gefnogaeth a fydd yno i chi bob amser…

Mae Cpm21 yn falch o’i record o ran cefnogi cyfreithwyr gyda’u hanghenion cymorth rheoleiddio a rheoli, a 2021 oedd ein 14eg flwyddyn o wneud hynny.

Mae 2021 wedi bod yn flwyddyn arall o ansicrwydd, a chyda'r materion cyfredol sy'n ymwneud â'r amrywiad Covid diweddaraf, mae'n debyg y bydd hanner cyntaf 2022 hefyd.

Fodd bynnag, os ydych chi'n un o'n cleientiaid, neu'n gleient y dyfodol, yna mae un peth y gallwch fod yn sicr ohono, a hynny yw y byddwn yno i'ch cefnogi gyda'n cyngor a'n gwasanaethau annibynnol a diduedd.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Ffyniannus gan y tîm cpm21.