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The SRA’s continuing competence regime replaced the hours-based CPD regime on 1 November 2016. For further information, see Practice Note: Introduction to the SRA Competency regime.
For a solicitor, demonstrating that you meet the competencies set out in the SRA statement of solicitor competence (the Competence Statement) is an integral part of the regulatory requirement to provide a proper standard of service to your client.
The competency regime is not a softer option to learning and development (L&D)—in order to comply you will need to undertake regular L&D so your skills and knowledge remain up to date. This should form part of a process of:
The competence regime does not require a set number of hours of L&D or that you undertake accredited courses or training. It is for you to decide how much L&D you need to undertake and which activities will best address your particular learning needs or skills gaps.
Solicitors have a regulatory requirement to provide a proper standard of service. To do this, solicitors need to reflect on their practice and undertake regular L&D so their skills and knowledge remain up-to-date.
You need to think about whether the quality of your practice meets your obligation to provide a proper standard of service. To do this successfully requires you to think about your strengths, weaknesses, what you can do
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When is quantum meruit and quantum valebat relevant?Claims in quantum meruit (value of services) and quantum valebat (value of goods) arise in diverse situations ranging from where contractual terms are silent on issues of payment to where there is no contract at all (Serck v Drake & Scull).General
On the disposition of a property (whether by way of conveyance, transfer or charge), the party making the disposition will normally provide a title guarantee which implies standard form covenants for title. A landlord may give a title guarantee when granting a lease, but this is rare in practice.
A declaratory judgment is a judgment identifying the rights, duties or obligations of one or more parties in a dispute. It is legally binding, but does not order any action by a party. A court may issue it alone or in conjunction with some other relief such as an injunction and can be granted on an
This Practice Note provides a high-level introduction to diversity and inclusion (D&I) and key reasons why it is important to law firms. Specific aspects of D&I are covered in more detail in Practice Notes:•The growing focus on diversity and inclusion (D&I) in law firms•Unconscious bias—law
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