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Regulation (Professional Conduct) Department Operations


The Regulation (Professional Conduct) Department has reviewed how we will carry out our regulatory functions at this time, in a way designed to avoid imposing unnecessary burdens on members and firms.


Members are able to raise queries in respect of Regulation and Professional Conduct via secure email at either or  Please address your query for the attention of the Regulation (Professional Conduct) Department.


Until further notice, the Department’s inspection activity will be conducted by way of off-site Desk Top Reviews.  This will not be as in-depth as actual inspections and is likely to include some follow-up correspondence with firms.  Where an issue comes to light requiring urgent attention, the Desk Top Review may lead to a subsequent full inspection of the firm.  The Society’s Compliance Officers will contact principals directly should this be necessary.

Solicitors Accountants’ Reports:

During the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the annual independent statutory Reporting Accountant’s Report may be delivered electronically to the Law Society via secure email to . The original hard copy report should be provided to the Society by no later than 31 August 2020. This time limit will be kept under review given the present circumstances.

If the statutory Reporting Accountant delivers a Report without having attended the firm, their Report will be qualified. A Report delivered in such circumstances will be regarded as interim only, until such time as the statutory Reporting Accountant has been able to conduct an inspection fully in accordance with the Solicitors Accounts Regulations 2014. 

Reports due to be delivered to the Law Society;

1. On or before 30 April 2020

As previously advised, the timeframe in which annual independent statutory Reporting Accountants’ Reports must be delivered to the Society was automatically extended by three (3) months solely for those Reports which were due to be delivered in either March and April 2020 and suspended the requirement for statutory Reporting Accountants to attend firms during the relevant period.  This remains the case.

2. After 30 April 2020

Should it become necessary to do so, firms are able to apply to the Law Society to consider an extension of time in order to deliver their annual independent statutory Reporting Accountants’ Reports. 

In such a case, the principal should write in to the Law Society via secure email to with reasons for the extension.  Applications should be made at an early stage and will be considered on an individual case by case basis.

Third Party/Inter Professional Complaints

The Department will continue to receive third party or inter professional complaints. Solicitors who wish to make a complaint are encouraged to correspond with the Society via secure email.  If a solicitor sends hard copy documents or papers to the Society please send a copy via email where possible.  If you are only able to send hard copy documents or papers, unfortunately there may be a delay in your complaint being acknowledged or processed.


Where members seek to apply for or renew LEXCEL accreditation, please correspond with the Department through the email addresses provided.

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