New CPD rules: how to implement them in your practice

New CPD rules: how to implement them in your practice

What is the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) new mandatory regime on continuing professional development (CPD) for solicitors? Nicola Jones, co-founder and director of Athena Professional and a learning for performance consultant, takes a look at the new rules and provides guidance on how firms can implement them into their practices.

What prompted the SRA to introduce this new regime on CPD

Provisions for CPD were reviewed as part of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), a joint project between the SRA, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Chartered Institute for Legal Executives (CILEX), which reported in 2013. CILEX had already moved to a partially learning outcomes based approach to continuing professional development and it was felt that this was an opportunity to drop the ‘tick box’ hours-based approach. One solicitor is quoted in the LETR report as saying:‘What’s the purpose of CPD again?… It’s a serious question because I’m not sure. I can’t remember whether it’s to learn something or to show you’ve spent 16 hours a year pretending to learn something to satisfy the sort of thing that you ought to be doing.’


The prevailing view was that CPD needed to be more flexible and orientated towards the

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