Welcome to the Nesbit Law Group Compliance department providing consultancy advice to all Solicitors involved in Personal Injury litigation.
We specialise in three core areas:
1) The Compensation Act 2006
2) Solicitors Introduction and Referral Code 1990
3) Solicitors. Costs Information and Client Care Code 1999
In addition our specialist consultants can offer further support for issues relating to the above legislation covered by the Solicitors'. Practice Rules 1990 and Solicitors' Code of Conduct 2007 such as the Solicitors' Publicity Code 2001. Whether you have a query relating directly to an issue that is specific to your practice or a more generic issue for which you are looking for greater clarity, simply contact one of our specialists through our Online Query Form.
Once we have received your query a fee for the consultation service will be sent for agreement prior to the response being sent.
Please read more to find out more or simply complete the online query form by clicking here.
Compensation Act 2006
With the introduction of the Compensation Act 2006 all companies operating in the personal injury sector are being faced with a stricter set of regulations within which to operate. Although aimed at claims management companies specifically a significant aspect of the Act will impacts upon the day to day responsibilities of all Solicitors involved. As a result should your practice not fully comply it will be at risk of, among others, a criminal conviction. To ensure your practice is suitably compliant Nesbit Law Group are able to provide a range of services covering the following topics:
- The basic principles
- Identifying and Controlling Exempt Introducers
- Compliant Advertising and Marketing
- Conflicts of Interest
Solicitors Introduction and Referral Code 1990
Although the Introduction and Referral Code has been in practice for over 15 years a recent survey by the practice standards unit of the Law Society Regulation Board found over a third of all practices sampled were systematically in breach. Furthermore, around two-thirds were failing to ensure that their introducers were complying with the code. An outcome of this has been the suggestion of tougher enforcement procedures and a full review of the current system.
- The basic principles
- Introduction or referral of business to solicitors
- Solicitor agreeing to be paid by a third party to do work for the third party's customers other than conveyancing work
- Referral of clients by solicitors
- Receipt of Commission
Solicitors' Costs Information and Client Care Code 1999
The Code is of general application to solicitors practising contentious and non-contentious business with the main object to make sure that clients are provided with the necessary information to understand the cost of legal services and what is happening generally with their matter. Our consultancy advice will cover all aspects from methods of charging to billing and recovering costs from your client as well as providing clear directions regarding issues surrounding all solicitors. contentious costs that may be payable by the other side.