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Legal Finance Professionals Limited was established in 2007 and is run by leading legal regulation and compliance expert Richard Lane BA (Hons), ACA.

Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst working for Baker Tilly. In 1996 he moved out of private practice to become an Investigation Accountant for the Law Society. Subsequently, this role transferred across to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) Forensic Investigation Unit where as a Senior Manager he was responsible for managing a team of investigation officers and overseeing investigations into firms of solicitors checking, amongst other things, compliance with the Accounts Rules, the Solicitors Code of Conduct and the Money Laundering Regulations.

Richard is well known in the legal sector for his expertise in the field of legal regulatory and compliance matters. Legal Finance Professionals Limited specialise in all matters relating to the SRA Standards and Regulations including the role of the Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP), Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA), the SRA Accounts Rules, the SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, the SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors and the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 as well as the wider aspects of the general organisation and operation of a legal firms.

The wealth of knowledge and experience gained whilst working for the Law Society puts Richard in a unique position to identify potential problem areas within law firms and advise them accordingly. Building on this expertise, Legal Finance Professionals Limited act for legal firms, individual solicitors, accountants and others involved in the legal sector who benefit from a range of services including a subscription based COLP & COFA Support Service, a unique Residual Balance Clearance Service, accredited CPD training courses, SRA Compliance Health Checks, due diligence and expert witness services. We can also offer assistance to firms or solicitors who are subject to investigation or disciplinary action by the SRA or those who have been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).

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