CQS Compliance & the New Assessment Regime

Date & Time

22nd February 2022 | LIVE Webinar | 9.30 am - 1.00 pm


£100 + VAT (£120) members; £120 + VAT (£144) non members


CQS Compliance & the New Assessment Regime

Changes to the CQS standard in 2019 saw the introduction of onsite assessments with the formal roll out of the CQS onsite assessment regime starting late 2021.

Practices will be selected for assessment both reactively and through random selection.  The assessment will be both technical and qualitative and will require CQS accredited firms to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the CQS scheme throughout the practice, including the ability to evidence the Core Practice Management Standards and The Law Society Conveyancing Protocol through their conduct of conveyancing files.

This practical course will detail the changes to the CQS scheme including:

  • Key requirements of the Core Practice Management Standard (CPMS) and how to interpret the requirements.
  • Demonstrating compliance and providing evidence during the assessment.
  • The Law Society Conveyancing Protocol (2019) – key areas of focus
  • The assessment process
  • Assessment outcomes
  • Common assessment issues

This webinar is specifically designed for firms who are both CQS accredited, and those firms who are currently working towards attaining accreditation.  The seminar is aimed at Heads of Conveyancing, SRO’s and those charged with preparing the conveyancing department for assessment and will equip you with the in depth practical and technical expertise needed to successfully and swiftly implement policies and procedures to enable you to survive the assessment profession.

Tracy Thompson was appointed as Lead CQS Assessor in 2019. Tracy is a property lawyer who has spent over two decades in the legal profession, most recently as managing partner of a Merseyside multi-disciplinary practice. She is very hands on in her approach to management and has a unique perspective of the many challenges facing law firms.  Tracy possesses a diverse mix of skills and is highly experienced in operational management and business strategy. Tracy is passionate about managing risk in practice and the benefits Lexcel can bring to a practice and it is this passion which saw her appointed to the Law Society Lexcel Panel in 2013.  She is a Law Society accredited Lexcel Consultant and a Lexcel Assessor for both the England & Wales standard, and the International Standard.