Learning and development plans
Produced in partnership with Beth Pipe of Bellis Learning Solutions Ltd
Learning and development plans

The following Practice Management guidance note Produced in partnership with Beth Pipe of Bellis Learning Solutions Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Learning and development plans
  • What is an L&D plan?
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Why is having an L&D plan good practice?
  • Responsibility for the L&D plan
  • Content of the L&D plan
  • Budgets and resources
  • The corporate fit of the L&D plan
  • Why L&D plans can fail
  • Assisting with recruitment and the induction of new employees
  • more

This Practice Note provides guidance on learning and development (L&D) plans and covers:

  1. what an L&D plan is

  2. regulatory requirements

  3. why an L&D plan is good practice

  4. content of an L&D plan

  5. budgets and resources

  6. the corporate fit of the L&D plan

  7. why L&D plans can fail

  8. how the L&D plan can assist with recruitment and the induction of new employees

  9. reviewing and monitoring L&D plans

What is an L&D plan?

An L&D plan sets out:

  1. what the firm wants to achieve, eg its objectives

  2. what learning outcomes are required to help the firm achieve its objectives, eg what staff need to do differently or better

  3. the training courses and other learning events planned to help deliver each of the required outcomes

  4. a schedule of L&D measures

  5. evaluation methods to gauge success

In larger firms the firm-wide L&D plan is likely to be broken down into divisional, departmental or site L&D plans.

L&D plans may exist for periods longer than 6–12 months but they will generally contain less detailed information.

Regulatory requirements

SRA

There is no Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirement to have an L&D plan, but the SRA considers ongoing learning to be extremely important.

All practising solicitors and registered European lawyers (RELs) must meet the SRA’s continuing competence requirements. For further information, see Practice Note: The competence regime.

Lexcel

Lexcel