Legal books Photo by Giammarco Boscaro on UnsplashAccess Legal has launched a series of courses alongside the Law Society, to cover the new 2023 – 2024 syllabus for the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). The courses, which the Law Society accredits, are being released today, 15th January 2024.

Conveyancers attend these or similar accredited courses to ensure their knowledge is up to date with the latest practices and regulations. Access Legal offers four courses, they offer a cheaper alternative to the Law Society courses.

The four include:

  • Core Training – CQS Financial Crime
  • Core Training – CQS Protocol in Practice
  • Update Training – CQS Conveyancing Practice 2023-2024
  • Update Training – CQS Risk, Compliance and Client Care 2023-2024

The two updated training courses cover the regulation changes that were introduced as a result of the Building Safety Act 2022. The act introduced several new regulations that came into force in October 2023. They also include home buying and selling reform, climate change guidance and digital conveyancing.

CSQ accreditation is key for all SRA-regulated firms. The courses Access Legal provide are valuable, with Christopher Bean, Senior Partner at Janet Sinden & Co Solicitors, commenting, “We found it was a completely different, and better experience than our previous provider, the training itself was accessible, and the questions were thought-provoking.”

CQS Courses required to maintain accreditation

New starters in a firm must take the core courses within six months of joining a firm. Access Legal has created courses with legal sector experts. The courses ensure that firms have the most up-to-date data knowledge of the sector. Once trained, it enables them to offer advice to customers, that are up to date. The CQS courses are online, and attendees can take the courses at a time that works for them. It makes it time-efficient for both the employee and the law firm. The updated courses must be completed annually for firms to maintain accreditations.

Brian Rogers, Access Legal’s Regulatory Director - image from LinkedIn
Brian Rogers, Access Legal’s Regulatory Director

Brian Rogers, Access Legal’s Regulatory Director, said, “Our CQS training package offers great value with added extras this year, educating professionals further on how to use technologies to provide the best client experience. Our training will assist firms in maintaining this business-critical accreditation, help them minimise the risk of claims, and protect their reputations.

“The CQS package also includes a bank of template CQS policies and precedents developed by our team of experts to help simplify compliance with the CQS standard.

“Beyond the learning a firm gains from the training, Access Legal also supports clients through a wider suite of solutions to help their entire operations, improving both productivity and efficiency. Our legal compliance, case management and legal accounts software are just a few examples of how our range of products can further strengthen a firm’s processes.”

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

Following its acquisition of Socrates and Riliance in 2019, Access Legal is now the only accredited trainer outside of the Law Society’s Professional Development Centre. Its courses are used by over 1,000 firms that require CQS training. This latest announcement sees the company maintain its course schedule to ensure that conveyancing firms can maintain their accreditation and are up to date with the recent changes in law.

Beyond the CQS training, Access Legal also offers further training courses as well as software products to support conveyancing firms. While the Access Legal courses are less expensive, the Law Society has a slightly wider array of courses. It also announced its versions in August 2023. The Law Society charges £40 for the updated courses. It is not clear what Access Legal charges, as interested parties have to contact Access Legal to find out. The Law Society also offers unlimited access to courses for £1,200, valid for one year. It is not clear if Access Legal offers something similar.

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