CPD - Are you ready for the change?

CPD - Are you ready for the change?

CPDLexisNexis In-house hosted over 60 in-house lawyers for a breakfast workshop on the new SRA regime. Ann Page, previously an in-house solicitor with over 25 years’ experience and now a leading trainer, ran the interactive session which examined what in-house lawyers need to do for the SRA Statement of Solicitor Competence and the tools to make it easier. The event was chaired by Sophie Gould and supported by the C&I Group and Douglas Scott. 

Requirements of the regime

From 1st November 2016 practicing lawyers will no longer be required to complete 16 CPD hours a year. However, the SRA is introducing the responsibility for lawyers to undertake training and development to ensure that they comply with Principle 5 of the SRA Principles (2011) - that they are able ‘to deliver a proper standard of service to their clients’.  This will involve lawyers reflecting on their current performance levels and undertake further development required.

The Competency Statement has the following four parts:

  1. Ethics, professionalism and judgement
  2. Technical legal practice
  3. Managing work themselves and their own work
  4. Working with other people

The Statement is also supported by an underpinning Statement of Legal Knowledge and a Threshold Standard, which reflects the standard at which an individual can practise safely and effectively use the title of solicitor.

What you need to do to be ready for November 2016

  1. Undertake a self-assessment

Competence A2 requires that you reflect on your capability and potential in your day-to-day role for your organisation, and that this is documented. So now there is a requirement for in-house lawyers to self-assess their sk

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