Advice for Lexcel Accreditation & Compliance for Law Firms in England & Wales
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Clause 3.3 of Lexcel's specific guidance for requirements in the Lexcel Standard for England and Wales v6 for legal practices states the following:
3.3 If the practice has a website, the practice must have a website management policy, which must include:
a. a procedure for content approval, publishing and removal
b. the scope of permitted and prohibited content
c. procedures for the management of its security
d. consideration of accessibility requirements for disabled clients.
The associated guidance with this states the following:
“Practices must consider the needs of disabled clients and potential clients and take all reasonable steps to ensure that the website is accessible to them. The requirement at 3.3.d may be addressed as part of a practice's equality and diversity policy or as part of the website management policy. Again, Lexcel provides flexibility in how a practice meets the requirements. In order to meet the requirements of 3.3.d and the practice's legal obligations, the following guidance may be useful: How to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. A guide to understanding and implementing Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0“
The Website Management Policy linked below may assist in preparation for this (please note that we do not guarantee or represent that this itself will necessarily mean your firm will meet the requirements of Clause 3.3 - specialist and bespoke advice for your law firm should always be taken).
Web Accessibility WCAG 2.0 Advice for Law Firm Website
And we can also help advise on web accessibility WCAG 2.0 requirements in respect of law firm websites. One of the first steps to take is to run your law firm site through a WCAG 2.0 auditor tool such as Tenon and if any issues are flagged please do then get in touch with us.
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