From CPD to continuing competence

In this video, Stephen Honey (Head of Learning, LexisNexis) looks at the changes to the CPD regime for solicitors, introduced from 1 April 2015, and considers some of the practical implications for law firms as they move away from CPD to the new concept of continuing competence.

The video covers the following points:

  • The CPD scheme that existed prior to 1 April 2015 and its perceived weaknesses
  • The removal of the requirement for accredited training and the increased flexibility it will afford solicitors in the way they can choose to meet their learning and development needs
  • An overview of the abilities and attributes that are covered in the SRA’s new competence statement and the steps that solicitors need to take to ensure they remain compliant under the new regime
  • The removal of the mandatory target for CPD hours and responses to this
  • The transitional arrangements that apply between 1 April 2015 and 1 November 2016 and issues that law firms should consider in deciding whether to switch to the new regime in advance of the mandatory implementation date

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