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The great training conundrum

Solicitors Journal’s first CPD survey since the new regime was introduced in November 2016 reveals a profession struggling to come to grips with a far less prescriptive system

2 April 2019

When the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) unveiled its new-look continuous professional development (CPD) regime in 2015, it promised to liberate lawyers from the minimum hours’ requirement and empower them to pursue a more flexible style of training. 

The new competency-based approach had been available for solicitors to move to voluntarily for 12 months but was made compulsory on 1 November 2016, at which point a survey by Solicitors Journal revealed that just 26 per cent had done so. 

Just over two years on, the Journal has revisited the regime with a survey exploring how attitudes have changed since it was introduced to all firms. 

We found that 43 per cent welcomed the flexibly offered by the new approach, down slightly from the 50 per cent that anticipated that advantage in 2016. 

The minimum hours’ requirement for continuous development had been in place for many years and was inherited by the SRA from the Law Socie...

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