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The SRA’s continuing competence regime has been mandatory since November 2016, replacing the previous hours-based CPD regime.
The continuing competence regime requires solicitors to reflect on their practice and identify (and then address) their learning and development needs to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. All solicitors must make an annual declaration to the SRA that they have done this. This Practice Note explains what steps you can take to assess, maintain and monitor competence. It reflects:
regulatory requirements—see Practice Note: The competence regime
the SRA Continuing competence toolkit
The SRA competence statement defines the continuing competences the SRA requires of all solicitors (and RELs). It is made up of three parts:
statement of solicitor competence
statement of legal knowledge
See further Practice Note: The competence regime—The competence statement.
The SRA has published an online Continuing competence toolkit, from which it is apparent that you are expected to:
reflect on your practice and identify your learning and development needs
plan to address your identified learning and development needs—you can record this using the SRA's precedent which we have recreated in an editable format, see: SRA Development plan
address your learning and developments needs
record and evaluate your learning and development activity—you can record this using the SRA's precedent which we have also recreated in an editable format, see: SRA Development record
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