Lawyers' Registration Scheme
What is the Lawyers’ Registration Scheme (LRS)?
Hosted by The Association of British Investigators (ABI), the only sector specific professional organisation endorsed by The Law Society of England & Wales, the LRS is a publicly available register of lawyers who have agreed to be included as a means of demonstrating to their clients and fellow professionals that they have exercised proper due diligence in their selection of professional investigator or litigation support agent such as a process server.
Why register with the LRS ?
Every legal practice, which provides conflict resolution, commercial representation and even probate, will probably have cause to engage the services of a professional investigator or litigation support agent. Like outsourcing to any service provider, lawyers are under an obligation under the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Code of Conduct 2011, Para’s O (1.2) and IB (4.3), to be satisfied the provider, like the lawyer, will also protect clients’ confidential information. It is therefore incumbent on the instructing solicitor to undertake meaningful and effective due diligence on the provider. By joining this scheme and using an ABI Member, solicitors will also be fulfilling their responsibilities as Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1998.
What does the LRS provide ?
The ABI has steadily tightened its membership criteria over the decades to currently command the highest available standard and that beyond that envisaged by HM Government when considering regulating the sector. There is no other means of ensuring the service providers of a lawyer’s choice in the investigation sector will provide the competence, compliance and accountability that lawyers must secure before sharing clients’ confidential information. It is for this reason that the ABI is also recognised, sector exclusively, by The Law Society of Scotland and approved by the DVLA for privileged access to its electronic database of registered vehicle keepers.
How do I register ?
Lawyers need only register their details with The Association and upon receipt they will be provided with a stylish logo that can be displayed on literature / web sites etc.
This is a useful marketing tool for legal practitioners who can then openly demonstrate that they will carefully instruct The Association’s members to carry out investigation, litigation support and process serving assignments. In this way, legal practitioners are able to reassure their clients that the investigator instructed in their particular case is stable, capable, responsible, accountable and both legally and ethically compliant.
The Association’s membership criteria is second to none and underpinned by a code of ethics and strict disciplinary process.
- There are no fees to join the scheme and there are no fees to remain on the register.
- Legal practitioners are expected to give members of The Association of British Investigators, either directly or through The Association’s head office, first option to tender.
- The Association will include registrants in its newsletter circulations.
- Lawyers on the Register will have the opportunity to participate, as Speaker, Exhibitor, Sponsor or Delegate, in Association meetings and events.
- The Register will be published on The Association web site and appropriate links for SEO purposes will be created.
- The Association reserves the right to remove any register entry without notice.