How to demonstrate compliance with the SRA Competency regime
Produced in partnership with Ann Page of Yorkshire Courses for Lawyers
How to demonstrate compliance with the SRA Competency regime

The following In-House Advisor guidance note Produced in partnership with Ann Page of Yorkshire Courses for Lawyers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • How to demonstrate compliance with the SRA Competency regime
  • Statement of solicitor competence (the Competence statement)
  • How can the Competency statement be used?
  • How to demonstrate compliance
  • Self-assessment and identifying learning needs
  • How to plan training
  • Addressing L&D needs
  • Maintaining a development record
  • Annual declaration

On 1 November 2016 the requirement to undertake 16 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) training each year was phased out and replaced by the SRA continuing competency regime. Solicitors and registered European lawyers (RELs) are now expected to take responsibility for ensuring they maintain their competence to provide a proper standard of service to clients. For an overview of the SRA Competency regime, see Practice Note: Introduction to the SRA Competency regime.

This Practice Note provides in-house lawyers with information about how to comply with the SRA Statement of solicitor competence (the Competence Statement), including:

  1. how to self-assess

  2. what training to undertake

  3. how to maintain a development record

Statement of solicitor competence (the Competence statement)

The Competence statement sets out core standards all solicitors and RELs should be able to undertake competently. It is divided into four sections (A—D), each of which contains core competencies and behavioural characteristics:

  1. (A) Ethics, professionalism and judgement

  2. (B) Technical practice (includes a Threshold standard—see Practice Note: Introduction to the SRA competency regime—overview of the competency regime

  3. (C) Working with other people

  4. (D) Managing themselves and their workload

In total, there are 17 core competencies, supported by 89 behaviours.

LexisNexis® have developed a competency framework for in-house lawyers based on the SRA competencies which can be utilised to demonstrate your continued competence. The main thing to remember is that any framework used