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

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

  • Introduction to the SRA Competency regime
  • Overview of the SRA competency regime
  • The statement of solicitor competence (the competence statement)
  • Threshold standard
  • Statement of legal knowledge
  • The requirement to maintain continuing competence
  • Meeting the competency requirements
  • Monitoring by the SRA

In 2016 the requirement to undertake 16 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) training each year was phased out and replaced by the concept of continuing competence. Solicitors are now expected to take responsibility for ensuring they maintain their competence to provide a proper standard of service to clients.

This Practice Note provides an introduction to the SRA competency regime for solicitors working in-house together with high-level guidance on how to demonstrate compliance.

Overview of the SRA competency regime

The SRA definition of competence is based around a solicitor having 'the ability to perform the roles and tasks required by one's job to the expected standard'.

The advantage of this definition is that it recognises that requirements and expectations change depending on job role and context. It also recognises that competence develops, and that an individual may work competently at many different levels, either at different stages of their career, or indeed from one day to the next depending on the nature of their work.

A core component of the SRA’s approach to continuing competence is the SRA Statement of Solicitor Competence (the competence statement). The SRA believes its competence statement reflects up-to-date best practice in terms of the performance of solicitors’ duties within the current regulatory framework for the profession.

The competence statement is made up of three parts:

  1. the statement of solicitor competence

  2. the threshold standard, and

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