SRA Statement of Solicitor Competence

Background to the new system

There is no longer a need to commit to a 16 hours CPD point system or accredited training. In fact the SRA no longer accredit training providers. Currently there is a voluntary system in place for adoption of the new SRA Learning and Development System until November 2016 when it will become compulsory. Solicitors will now have full responsibility to undertake training and development to ensure that they comply with Principle 5 of the SRA Principles (2011), namely that they are able ‘to deliver a proper standard of service to their clients’.  Solicitors will be signing their practising certificates (or in some organisations it will be signed for them) that they are ‘competent’ to comply with Principle 5. To assist solicitors, on the 11th March the SRA Board approved the publication of a competence statement, which you can view here. The SRA have specified Solicitor Competence Statements in the following four areas:

As these are the ones they have assumed that Solicitors will need to comply with Rule 5. Nevertheless these are not compulsory and if you have your own competencies, which are ‘fit for purpose’ for your legal department, then these should be acceptable to the SRA. Further details are available on the SRA website.

SRA Competence with MELR

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The main impact of the removal of 16 hours CPD point system is that you will be given full choice about your learning and development for continuous improvement.

MELR has set out nine steps to enable you to be compliant by November 2016 in our blog - view it here).

We can assist you with understanding:

  • The Statement of Solicitor Competence and its impact for you and your legal department and assist you in setting the appropriate documentation and/or
  • How to introduce a competency based assessment and development process for you and your legal department that supports both the SRA Statement of Solicitor Competence and your organisation’s requirements.

We have also developed coaching modules that will specifically support
you with implementation of the
SRA Competencies A, C & D.

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