Continuing competence—what in-house lawyers need to know
Continuing competence—what in-house lawyers need to know

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

  • Continuing competence—what in-house lawyers need to know
  • What is continuing competence?
  • Complying with required continuing competence
  • What is included in the SRA's Competence Statement?
  • Keeping a record of L&D activity
  • Annual declaration

What is continuing competence?

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.

Complying with required continuing competence

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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