Complying with the SRA Competency regime—self-reflection and personal development
Complying with the SRA Competency regime—self-reflection and personal development

The following In-House Advisor guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Complying with the SRA Competency regime—self-reflection and personal development
  • Self-awareness and identifying your own learning needs
  • Working with your preferred learning style
  • Planning long-term development

This Practice Note is designed to help you navigate your way through the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Competency regime and utilise the In-house Lawyers’ Competency framework we have developed.

This Practice Note covers:

  1. self-awareness and how to identify your own learning needs

  2. working with your preferred learning style

  3. how to adopt a coaching approach with yourself and those around you

  4. planning long-term development

Self-awareness and identifying your own learning needs

Most of us have an opinion on how those around us work—what they get right and where their areas for improvement are, but what happens when we turn that spotlight on ourselves? The first step to being a great professional in any field is to improve your self-awareness by taking a long honest look at yourself and seeking out feedback from others.

A good starting point is to conduct a personal SWOT analysis—what are your strengths and weaknesses, are there any opportunities for development and what threats might get in the way of this?

Strengths
  1. what have been your successes?

  2. what do you enjoy doing?

  3. what do you get great feedback on?

  4. what do people come to you to ask?

Weaknesses
  1. look back over the past six