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On 23rd June we hosted our monthly session for in-house counsel, in collaboration with Radius Law, Flex legal and Crafty Counsel discussing the power of an effective learning, development and training strategy including how to embed training successfully - from proven research methods to useful tech to consider - and the benefits of training up new solicitors through the SQE.
For our 5 top tips from our senior counsel panellists on making your training more effective see here
“The only thing faster than the speed of thought is the speed of forgetfulness”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
Maria Johnston from Radius Law introduced us to the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve, a graph which describes the decrease in ability of the brain to retain memory over time. The curve estimates that, without reinforcement, around 80% of knowledge learnt is lost within 30 days. As panellist Georgia Harbison, director at Cognito Learning, put it—this means that for every £1 put into training, 80p is forgotten if there is no follow-up.
As always, we asked participants for their insight on Slido, which showed us the importance of embedding learning as part of your legal team’s training strategy:
Tools like Cognito Learning, which provides bitesized chunks of learning daily, can help with this.
The recent case of Allay (UK) Ltd v Mr S Gehlen UKEAT/0031/20/AT reflects the importance of embedding and updating training even further. Here, the court held that Allay (UK) Ltd had had not taken all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination, thereby breaching the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010). The company had indeed provided training on the relevant issue, but the training, which had been provided in 2015, had become ‘stale’. Had the company provided refresher training, this would have constituted ‘reasonable steps’ for the purposes of the defence in EqA 2010, s 109(4).
Our listeners also provided us with useful tips to improve retention:
Read our handy blog on five top tips for junior lawyers on presentation skills.
We then zoomed in to discuss more in detail how training for new-starters and the opportunities provided by the new route to qualification for solicitors, the solicitors qualifying examination (SQE).
Training juniors in-house—opportunities provided by the SQE
Mary Bonsor, CEO and founder of Flex Legal, led us through the new process for qualification, highlighting the benefits for organisations and prospective lawyers.
Among other things, the SQE will provide the following benefits to organisations:
Try out the LexisPSL Junior lawyer development toolkit to help junior lawyers succeed and increase the impact of your legal team. The toolkit covers topics from managing risk to effective communication, our guide to business finance helps junior in-house lawyers develop confidence in using financial language and make a greater contribution to the conversations they have with finance colleagues.
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The session saw insightful comments from listeners, which were picked up by the panellists throughout the discussion. Continue the conversation on our Slack channel. As always, we look forward to seeing you at next month’s session.
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