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2021 is an extremely dangerous time to be dealing with property transactions if necessary checks are not followed. Make sure your livelihood isn’t at risk. Make sure your Solicitor/Conveyancer uses Lawyer Checker.

Cybercrime is increasing and conveyancers are key targets. Lawyer Checker notices have increased by 78%

In the first six months of 2021, Lawyer Checker notices to clients have increased by a shocking 78% when compared to the same period in 2020. 13% of these related to an Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) decision. These notices can relate to incorrect details or SRA hearings and are vital in protecting clients' transactions to ensure money goes to the correct and verified recipient.

Conveyancers are unfortunately only too aware of the perils they face from criminals.

The high value of money involved in the home buying process, makes the sector an illicit target for fraudsters.

Essential Cyber Security for Lawyers

The National Cyber Security Centre (a part of GCHQ) introduced the Cyber Essentials scheme as part of its mission to make the UK the safest place to do business online, and to offer businesses a simple and affordable way to tackle cyber security. IASME is the Government's Cyber Essentials partner, and responsible for delivering the scheme, with a network of over 260 Certification Bodies who are located all around the UK and Crown Dependencies. The Cyber Essentials controls help guard against the most common cyber security threats and certification demonstrates your commitment to cyber security.

How Rowlinsons Offers Clients Peace of Mind with Cyber Essentials Plus

The National Centre for Cyber Security (NCSC) has identified the legal sector as a top target for cyber criminals. According to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), £11 million was stolen by cyber criminals last year.  Fraudsters are now taking advantage of new vulnerabilities in systems introduced with the remote working revolution due to COVID.  As a result, every law firm now needs to take cyber security more seriously than ever before. Rowlinsons Solicitors is a 60 strong award-winning legal firm based across two sites in Cheshire. The Rowlinsons team uses Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation to ensure they mitigate the risk of fraud, offering clients as much peace of mind as possible through the rigorous assessment and certification of the security of their IT systems.

Penny Raby, Chairwoman of the Solicitors Sole Practitioners Group speaks about adaptions during lockdown and why sole practitioners are more vulnerable to cyber-crime.

In a recent interview with IASME, Chairman of the Solicitors Sole Practitioners Group, Penny Raby speaks about adaptations during lockdown and why sole practitioners are more vulnerable to cyber-crime. The Solicitors Sole Practitioners Group is a not-for-profit representative body and independent stakeholder group, providing professional and pastoral support, training and regulatory representation on behalf of all Sole Practitioner solicitors in England and Wales. Sole practitioners represent over one third of all solicitor firms in the UK.

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