Jonathan Fidler is a qualified solicitor (non-practising) and spent over eight years with first the Law Society and then the SRA as a Practice Standards Adviser. In that time Jonathan undertook compliance audits with more than 300 legal practices, ranging from sole practitioners to substantial City firms and gained a reputation for combining a sound understanding of compliance requirements with a practical approach to implementation of the necessary systems and processes.
Jonathan participated in regulatory initiatives to assist newly established firms to embed compliance into their business processes from the outset. Latterly, he contributed to a detailed research programme which helped shape the regulator’s current outcomes-focused approach to regulation.
Prior to working with the profession’s regulator, Jonathan gained wide-ranging business experience as a principal in an IT consultancy practice and as the commercial director of a fast-growing software company.
Jonathan’s experience of working in private practice, as in-house Counsel and with the regulator has enabled him to gain a holistic perspective of compliance and the relationship between commercial realities and regulatory requirements. His guidance to and support of firms is correspondingly pragmatic.
Outside of his work Jonathan enjoys kayaking, theatre, the arts and socialising with his family and friends.
I wanted to let you know that we passed our Lexcel assessment with absolute flying colours! The assessor said that our GDPR obligations and Office Manual amendments were ‘head and shoulders’ above any other law firm he had seen since November when the new version came into force! So thank you, again, Jonathan. I really don’t know what we would do without you!
Nicola Singleton, Practice Manager, Francis Wilks & Jones
I have been fortunate to have known Jonathan Fidler for a number of years, having first met him whilst he was working directly for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. In those days I found him to be courteous, respectful and helpful. He assisted the firm greatly in ensuring that we were carrying out our professional responsibilities correctly. It was no surprise to me that Jonathan was subsequently involved in the setting up of Legal Compliance Services. As a consequence of his extensive knowledge of the workings of solicitors practices and all regulatory requirements whilst working for the SRA there is unlikely to be a more capable or experienced person to guide and assist firms with their regulatory and compliance issues moving forward. Jonathan is such a pleasant and knowledgeable person to deal with that I would have no hesitation in recommending him to any firm of solicitors which wishes to be guided on such issues. I have no doubt that we will continue to rely on him for many years to come.
Tony Wilson, Senior Partner, Ashley Wilson
Jonathan Fidler helped me enormously to meet the requirements of the SRA Handbook and associated regulatory compliance. He was very professional in his dealings with me and I would have no hesitation in recommending Jonathan to other solicitors. Instructing Jonathan was money well spent and I can now concentrate my time in growing the business knowing that the plethora of compliance issues have been addressed.
James Mackenzie, James Mackenzie WS
I have as our firm’s COLP and COFA worked with Jonathan over the last two years. Our firm largely undertakes publicly funded work and we are faced on a daily basis with a myriad of regulatory and compliance issues. Jonathan has guided us with great acumen through two Lexcel audits, advised us generally on outcomes-focused regulation and given me great comfort in enabling me to fully understand my role. I am also struck by Jonathan’s understanding of the demands of running a small business and the way that his advice reflects those needs. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and wisdom and he has been a pleasure to work with.
Andrew Wainwright, Partner, Wainwright & Cummins
I instructed Legal Compliance Services (Jonathan Fidler) to check on the systems we put in place as a result of COFA and COLP requirements. Jonathan used his previous SRA experience to good effect and provided very helpful and thorough advice. The cost of the advice was also tailored to our specific requirements and was excellent value for money. I would highly recommend Jonathan and LCS.
John Williams, Managing Director, COFA and COLP, Bankside Law
I have nothing but high praise for Jonathan’s work with our firm and I know that my business partners feel the same. He took the time to get to know our company and put together a tailored package to ensure that the we were fully SRA compliant. He even turned up for an appointment in the most horrid weather conditions – a true professional. We were very happy with his comprehensive and constructive feedback and are happy to recommend LCS.
Evelyn Ofori-Koree, Director Principal, Descartes Solicitors