Chair of the Law Society Board to open Teal Compliance Conference

Teal ComplianceTeal Compliance are pleased to announce that Robert Bourns, Chair of the Law Society Board and former President of the Law Society will be opening their conference on 26th April.

With so many changes to grapple with in the world of compliance, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘Navigating a year of change’.  Teal Compliance, in association with Lockton are focusing the content of the Conference on supporting law firms of all sizes to decipher the coming changes and understanding what the practical implications for their law firms will be. 

Amy Bell, CEO of Teal Compliance comments:

‘In his role as President of the Law Society, Robert’s support of law firms and his recognition of the vital role compliance plays within those firms chimes with our approach at Teal Compliance and we are delighted that he will be opening our conference for us this year’.

The final line up of the conference has now been confirmed and includes experts from the worlds of GDPR, AML, Cyber Risk and Code of Conduct.

There are still spaces available and Legal Futures readers can access a 20% discount by quoting code CONF20. 

Anyone wishing to book a place or find out more can do so by e-mailing  or visiting

The full agenda:

08:30    Registration

09:00    Chair’s Welcome

09:05    Opening Comments – Robert Bourns, Chair of the Law Society Board, and former President

09:15    Anti Money Laundering update 

Amy Bell, Chair of Law Society’s AML Taskforce and Mark Heffer, AML Consultant with Teal Compliance

With 1 in 10 of the firms recently visited by the SRA being referred for regulatory action of failures in their AML regimes, the focus on ensuring that firms have appropriate AML measures in place has never been sharper. This session with Amy Bell and Mark Heffer, will cover, the updated Money Laundering Regulations – what has changed, and what do you need to review, the importance of risk assessment, and current tactics deployed by the criminals, how will they target you?

10:00    The importance of Ethics
Sarah Mumford, Interim Director of Risk, Trowers & Hamlins LLP and independent legal risk consultant

Honesty and integrity have been in the spotlight recently as solicitors and their staff are held to a higher standard. Sarah Mumford considers some recent SDT/SRA decisions, working through some practical examples which could be used to reinforce the importance of ethical behaviour and decision making in your firm.

10:45    Coffee

11:00    All things Data

Emma Willis, GDPR Consultant at Teal Compliance and Edward Whittingham, Business Fraud Prevention Partnership
With less than a month to go before GDPR is “live” Emma and Eddie will examine what preparations firms need to have made by then, and answer some of the commonly asked questions around marketing to clients, and how to protect your firm from data loss caused by staff.

11:45    Cyber risk mitigation
Dave Williams, TrustedIA and Mark Hawksworth, Cunningham Lindsey

Cyber risk is top of all law firms agenda currently.  This session will look at ways in which a cyber attack may manifest in a law firm and steps firms can take to protect against these risks.  In addition, what questions should be asked of IT providers/Managers.

12:45    Lunch

13:45    Managing Risk: The Insurers view
Panel: Adam Curran, Inter Hannover, Jay Bowey, Pelican and Anthony Judge, Omnyy

An opportunity for law firms to hear from a panel of underwriters in this “in conversation” session about how they look at your proposal form, how law firms should prepare their application, and how to demonstrate to the insurers what risk management measures you have in place.
They will also be looking at the common areas of claims, and where they have seen successful strategies to mitigate them.

14:30    New Code of Conduct
Ian Johnson, The Institute of Legal Financial Management and Paul Wilkinson, Audit Compliance

With the SRA working on the final version of the New Code of Conduct, and Accounts Rules, we examine what to expect. The 2011 Code presented a very different way of regulation from the rules we were used to. It was intended to generate innovation and competition, which has yet to materialise. Will this new much shorter Code do that? Hear from Ian and Paul as they guide you through what to expect and what changes you may need to make in your firm.

15:15    Coffee

15:30    Getting it right
Teal Associates
This interactive session will look at the common (and some less common) dilemmas which COLPs and COFAs face in law firms. Using in the room voting technology we will work through some practical scenarios including how we would avoid common risks and what to include in training.

16:15    Technology in Compliance

Vicky Simpson, Teal Compliance, Matt Hodges-Long, CEO TrackMyRisks, Graeme Port, Head of Product at Encompass Corporation

Managing risk and achieving compliance is a considerable undertaking. Time is precious, and expensive, so ensuring that you have efficient processes in place is critical. Technology tools can assist firms considerably with this undertaking. This session looks at the advances in technology and how they can help you with compliance. Hear from our panel about how they go about solving compliance problems with technology.

17:00    Closing remarks and drinks reception.

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