Government Consult on Data Protection Fee Exemptions

There’s not long left to respond to the Government’s consultation on data protection fee exemptions. The consultation closes on 1st August 2018. Background Under the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018, every organisation or sole trader who processes personal information is required to pay a data protection fee to the ICO unless they are legally exempt. The fees are used to fund the work of the ICO. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is reviewing whether any existing exemptions should be removed and whether any new ones are required. The Charges Tier Categorisation Summary

Revised Lexcel Standard – be prepared …

The Lexcel Legal Practice Quality Mark has been revised and expanded. Lexcel accredited practices will be assessed against the revised standard from 1st November which means there is plenty for you to be working on. The Law Society Lexcel website gives you more information. Broadly, these changes align the standard with recent new and revised legislative requirements in relation to data protection and financial crime. The SRA Code of Conduct 2011 mandatory outcome 7.5 applies whether or not you are Lexcel accredited… ‘you comply with legislation applicable to your business, including anti-money launderi

Claims Management to move to FCA regulation from April 2019 – so what will this mean for firms who a

The FCA has recently launched consultation CP15/18 which sets out their proposed regulatory structure for Claims Management Companies (CMCs). The announcement also confirmed that jurisdiction for complaints would move from the LeO to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS); although one wonders how they will cope with an increased number of complaints when they are already a stretched service. The Consultation proposes extensive regulation for CMCs, including some of the current CMR rules, but also introducing new rules and making all parts of the current FCA handbook applicable as well. The FCA will regulate 6 activities by introducing 7 new permissions (1 permission for lead generation acti

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