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Lexcel is the Law Society's practice management standard. It is not compulsory although Lexcel accreditation can be helpful for firms wishing to be accredited under the Conveyancing Quality Scheme or the Legal Service Board's Specialist Quality Mark. This Practice Note tells you what to expect of the assessment itself. For guidance on how to prepare for the assessment, see Practice Note: Lexcel—pre-assessment.
The assessor will inform you in advance (usually in the timetable section of the assessment plan) what time they intend to on arrive on the first day of the assessment—usually late morning/early afternoon. However, the assessor will probably email you first thing on the morning of your assessment with a list of fee earner files they wish to see and you will be expected to collate these files before they arrive.
As soon as you know what files have been requested you must:
get the files from the fee earners
ensure the files are up to date (eg filing on both the physical file and the electronic file)
ensure you can provide the following information which the assessor expects to see for each file chosen for review
a record of the time recorded on the matter
copies of all clients bills
a copy of full client identification that was received in order to comply with client due diligence
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Breach of statutory dutyThis Practice Note considers claims for damages for breach of statutory duty. For guidance on claims for damages for a negligent breach of duty of care outside a statutory duty, see Practice Notes:•Negligence—when does a duty of care arise?•Negligence—when is the duty of care
Mediation—advantages and disadvantagesWhat is mediation?Mediation is one of the most recognised and common forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).It is a form of assisted ADR in the sense that there is a third-party neutral involved who meets with the parties and seeks to help them in
Arbitration agreements—definition, purpose and interpretationThis Practice Note considers the nature and scope of arbitration agreements with a particular focus on arbitration agreements pursuant to the law of England and Wales, although it also discusses the concept from an international
EL/PL claims in the portal—a practical guide (Stage 1)This Practice Note provides an overview of the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury (Employers’ Liability and Public Liability) Claims from 31 July 2013 (the EL/PL protocol) in particular Stage 1 of the process. For guidance on Stage
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