From SQM to Lexcel

Posted by - 29th August 2012

The SQM Delivery Partnership – the Legal Services Commission’s national auditing body set up to conduct Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) audits in England and Wales – has reported that 888 legal providers have completed SQM audits in the first 7 months of 2012, writes Stuart Lee. These providers are likely to be conducting public-funded work

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SQM update

Posted by - 22nd June 2012

The LSC has updated its SQM standard and guidance. The current version is now the one dated May 2012. The changes are relatively minor – to update terminology; allow ABSs to apply for the SQM in future; and make the SQM consistent with the equality and diversity requirements in the contract. The revised SQM standard

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Sharing good practice

Posted by - 31st May 2012

When the website went live in May, in a welcome message, I explained that the idea of launching an online magazine arose out of work funded by The Baring Foundation to produce a series of guides for Law Centres. The Baring funded project itself flowed from work carried out by DG Legal funded by the

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Top 10 tips for surviving your SQM audit

Posted by - 2nd May 2012

During the past 12 months I have run 30 Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) workshops for the  SQM delivery partnership (SQM DP) training over 400 different legal providers, writes Stuart Lee. I have also observed several audits, trained several auditors and conducted some reviews myself. As it is a term of their contract for public-funded family

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