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What’s Lexcel and why should I have it?

For any members of the Law Society , we know how important and precious data protection is.

Without proper protection, hundreds of case information could be exposed via a hacker or group cybercrime. As we work with a host of legal clients, it is always in our best interests to look for developments and updates that will help our customers out in the long run.

At the start of November, it was announced that ‘LEXCEL’ would be the new quality mark from the Law Society. This would become a new quality mark that legal providers could display to potential clients.

Therefore, we are educating our existing legal clients on how to achieve the accreditation and what steps they need to take.

We also feel that any firms seeking advice could gain some valuable insights from a brief article on the topic…

So, what is Lexcel?

Essentially, it is a quality mark for legal practices – to ensure that their practice management and client care has been recognised by the Law Society. Ensuring that a high standard of practice will be implemented and to give potential customers peace of mind and reassurance when choosing their provider of legal services.

The standard is outlined in seven different areas; Structure and strategy, financial management, information management, people management, risk management, file and case management and client care.

Their goal is to give organizations a management framework to help improve the way they deliver information and advice. As well as providing a consistent level of client service.

The accreditation last for 3 years, and intends to lower the risk of claims, increase client satisfaction, potentially win more business and boost operational efficiencies.

The Law Society have produced this extremely helpful video to understand it’s benefits in an easy and digestible way:

So, why are we interested in this?

We’re interested as Cyber Essentials is included in the management requirement sector of the certification:

As a business, we are qualified to guide businesses and individuals through the Cyber Essentials scheme. We have an onsite Cyber Essentials Auditor (Antony Woodward) who has been providing businesses with the Cyber Essentials accreditation over the past year. We asked Antony to explain why this should be in the forefront of people’s minds:

‘Cyber essentials is an easy way to cover your business against the most common threats. It’s an industry recognised standard and shows you have acknowledged and committed resources to the standard. Prior to this, the standard can be built upon with an IASME certification extending the businesses awareness of Cyber Threats. Our managed process ensures you’re not left in the dark about any of the phrasing/lingo used, or left with any questions’

It’s important that more and more businesses are protected and with the Cyber Essentials standard, we can ensure that they are in a stronger position than ever before.

What should your next steps be?

Evaluate whether you are able to undertake and apply for the Lexcel accreditation. If you are, the Law Society provide a free starter guide and short form to fill out.

Following this you should get the ball rolling with your cyber essentials certification, where you can find more out about it here or alternatively contact us on 02920 887 362 and we can talk you through how to get started.

If you’re looking to learn more about how your IT systems can be protected. Get in contact with us on 02920 887 362 or send us an email at info@excellence-it.co.uk

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