meet our people

All our consultants worked at the SRA for many years. Coupled with experience of working in private practice (seven of our team as qualified solicitors), we are ideally placed to support busy practitioners with practical advice and design and implement compliance and risk management systems fit for the real world.

Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson, a qualified solicitor (non-practising), has worked in private practice as well as for the regulator. In over ten years as a senior adviser with the SRA’s Practice Standards Unit, he designed and implemented practical compliance and risk management systems and procedures for use by firms. He has worked closely with several hundred firms of all types and sizes, to help them develop effective compliance systems and has built trusted and ongoing relationships in the process.

Having worked on the development of the SRA’s regulatory arrangements over a number of years, Richard has a deep understanding of what the SRA is looking for from law firms in terms of regulatory compliance.

He trained and supervised SRA regulatory compliance staff for many years and provided them with ongoing technical and policy guidance to enable them to conduct on-site compliance inspections at law firms. He has written and delivered lecture materials on a wide variety of regulatory compliance issues.

Richard has given advice on referral arrangements to the SRA’s Standards Committee and has developed and led an SRA-themed visit initiative on referral arrangements. He has a thorough understanding of the compliance issues that surround firms’ relationships with introducers.

His work in private practice, together with his on-site work with firms across the spectrum mean he has a strong awareness of the commercial realities facing law firms. Therefore his advice and support is always practical and realistic.

Richard speaks and writes fluent German. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family, is a keen artist, runner and a lifelong supporter of Blackpool Football Club.

What our clients say

Richard was instrumental in helping us get SRA approval and guided us through the extremely complicated SRA forms, he is quick to respond and extremely knowledgeable in his field. I would not hesitate in recommending him to law firms needing an expert in compliance.

Eliot Hibbert
Managing Director, Nexa Law

When we began our journey into starting our own law firm, we were soon completely overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork and regulations. We came across Legal Compliance Services by chance and it turned out to be the best move we have ever made. Richard Robinson took us through all the procedures and form filling and ‘held our hand’ throughout the process which went extremely smoothly and our application was approved without any major incidents. Since then, we have instructed LCS on an ongoing basis to assist us with our compliance and auditing needs and this has turned out to be the second best move we have made. LCS are always available to take a call or answer an email and their price structure is more than reasonable and fantastic value for money. Having LCS in our camp has made our working lives so much easier and I would thoroughly recommend them to new firms and existing firms alike.

Paul Coleman
Director, Foster & Coleman

Throughout the application process for our new law firm, Richard’s support and practical guidance has been invaluable – from the completion and submission of the application and supporting documents through to drafting suitable responses to further queries from the SRA. We would not have gone through this whole process as smoothly without Richard’s expertise and knowledge. He is a pleasure to work with and provides a professional service with a personal and friendly touch. I look forward to working with Richard and his team in the future and definitely recommend Legal Compliance Services to any of my colleagues who are looking for support and advice.

Irfan Arif
Principal Solicitor, Noor Law

We have recently completed the application process for our new law firm and working with Legal Compliance Services made a huge difference. Richard dealt with the entire process and provided clear guidance and expertise throughout. He also reviewed all of our compliance requirements and drafted easy-to-use systems, policies and procedures for us. It has certainly made the whole process a lot more straightforward and pain free. Having Richard and his team at the other end of the phone gives us great peace of mind and we look forward to working with them in future.

Emma Kirkaldie-Clay
Principal Solicitor, Bellwether Solicitors

It is a pleasure to work with Richard who always makes himself available whenever we need his help and who applies a commercial approach to our business.

Geraint Owen
Director, GO-LAW Solicitors

We employed Richard to assist us with the composition of our risk register and compliance action plan. I found his advice pragmatic, while at the same time very thorough. His sound and sensible advice has given us a sure footing for our future risk management.

Michael Dibben
Partner, Brethertons LLP

It has been a pleasure to work with Richard on the application for our new law firm. His knowledge and expertise proved to be invaluable and ensured that we went through the entire process smoothly. The compliance systems, policies and procedures Richard put in place will enable me to fulfil my roles as COLP and COFA with confidence. It is good to know that Richard and his team are only a phone call away.

Jude Owen
Proprietor, Jude Owen Solicitors & Advocates