Who and what the questionnaire is designed for
This tool, designed in conjunction with the Law Society, is intended for solicitors' firms to use to review the information technology systems maintained by the chambers, and check if they're information security compliant.
Why we've developed a standardised tool
We've worked with the Law Society to produce a single common, standardised questionnaire that firms can now use.
This is because chambers often receive many different cybersecurity questionnaires from solicitors’ firms, asking chambers to confirm that they have all their necessary cybersecurity measures in place.
An agreed standardised solution eases the administrative burden on both the chambers responding to the questionnaire, and the law firms assessing those responses.
Why and how to use the questionnaire
The answers will reveal whether a chambers' data is stored securely, which helps any instructing law firms.
Solicitors' firms should use it when instructing chambers to understand how the chambers process information, and it should be used to ensure your chambers has taken all possible care in protecting its data.
The answers are confidential
The answers, which will remain confidential between the parties, are for information purposes only. They do not give rise to any contractual or tortious liability on the part of chambers or individual barristers.
How often should the answers be checked?
We recommend that the answers are checked every 6 months to ensure the questionnaire is up to date.
Further reading and advice
Understand current cybersecurity threats, and implement best practice
As part of its mission to raise the cyber maturity and resilience of chambers, the National Cyber Security Centre has also produced a cyber threat report.
The report is for senior decision makers in the legal sector, and its purpose is to:
- help chambers understand current cyber security threats
- highlight the extent to which the legal sector is being targeted
- encourage industry-wide adoption of cybersecurity best practice
- offer practical guidance on how legal professionals can protect their practice
This applies to sets of all sizes and practice, from sole practitioners operating from an approved entity, to chambers with hundreds of practitioners and multiple national and international offices.