Learning and development in a nutshell
Produced in partnership with Beth Pipe
Learning and development in a nutshell

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

  • Learning and development in a nutshell
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Formulating an L&D policy
  • L&D plans
  • Building a business case for L&D
  • Identifying learning needs
  • Approaches to L&D
  • Embedding L&D into the firm’s culture
  • Typical L&D roles

What was once known as training is now called learning and development (L&D). This change in terminology reflects the fact that people learn in a variety of ways and not solely by attending training courses. L&D covers any opportunity for learning within the firm and not just classroom-based activities.

Regulatory requirements

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) considers ongoing learning to be of paramount importance.

Solicitors no longer need to count continuing professional development (CPD) hours, instead they need reflect on the quality of their practice, identify any L&D needs and then address these needs to make sure their knowledge and skills are up to date and they are competent to practice. For further information, see Practice Note: The competence regime.

Firms that have achieved accreditation to the following standards:

  1. Lexcel

  2. Legal Aid Agency Specialist Quality Mark (SQM)

  3. The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)

  4. The Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS)

or those seeking accreditation to any of these standards (or to any other professional standard), will need to ensure they incorporate any specific L&D requirements into their L&D provision.

There may be specific L&D requirements for practice-specific groups, eg the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). You should check specific requirements with the accrediting bodies.

Two statutory requirements must be addressed as part of the firm's L&D plan:

  1. training relating to health