Four key factors in measuring how paralegals help deliver profitability at your law firm

Posted by Alan Pannett on 13-Feb-2018 12:44:26

Paralegals increasingly play an important role in the delivery of legal services. Law firms are placing greater reliance on the paralegal members of their client service teams, as clients demand ‘more for less’ (a high level of service for a capped or reduced fee).

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Continuing Competence: The First Six Months

Posted by Alan Pannett on 22-Aug-2017 13:42:11

An Overview For Solicitors About The SRA’s Continuing Competence Regime 

How time flies.

Is it really more than eight months since the SRA's Continuing Competence regime for all solicitors and Registered European Lawyers (RELs) came into force? It is.

How has it been for you?

There will be a minority of solicitors for whom Continuing Competence has passed them by - so no change for them. They will get a nasty shock when renewing their practising certificates believing that all that’s necessary is to tick a box confirming that they have completed 16 hours of CPD.

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Topics: Continuing Competence

Continuing Competence: Where’s The Evidence?

Posted by Alan Pannett on 07-Aug-2017 15:08:54

When the time approaches for solicitors to make their Annual Declaration we ask: where’s the evidence base for doing so?

Every year, at about the same time, solicitors make their Annual Declaration in order to renew their practising certificate. This is also the ‘season’ when professional indemnity insurance is renewed and insurers enquire of the insured’s solicitors whether there are any notifications or circumstances of which they need to make the insurer aware.

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Topics: Continuing Competence, SRA

Continuing Competence: Ethics, Professionalism & Judgement

Posted by Alan Pannett on 31-Jul-2017 14:05:32

Ethics, professionalism and judgement are business critical skills for all solicitors throughout their careers. These skills are needed from day one of qualification to retirement. The SRA has recognised this by setting them out in Section A of the Statement of Solicitor Competence and requiring that all solicitors reflect on their practice and their learning and development needs in relation to ethics, professionalism and judgement.

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Topics: Continuing Competence, SRA

Mapping Your Learning & Development To The SRA Statement of Solicitor Competence

Posted by Alan Pannett on 25-Jul-2017 11:47:54

It all seemed so simple under the old CPD regime. You just had to attend 16 hours of CPD courses, record the training you had attended (or ask HR how many CPD hours you had clocked up) and then submit a simple return to obtain next year's practising certificate. Not so now under the new SRA Continuing Competence regime - or is it? 

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Topics: SRA, Continuing Competence

Can finance really be entertaining?

Posted by Phil Lyons on 17-Mar-2016 18:42:30

Although I teach a broad range of subjects, I have been teaching Financial & Business Skills (FBS) to trainee solicitors longer than any other subject – since January 2000, in fact. I am now proud to be fresh’s examiner and lead editor, with responsibility for the annual post-budget update (silent groan!). Though I must say the contributions of our other FBS trainers are essential in ensuring the ongoing quality of the course materials - not least in spotting and correcting my many literary bloopers.

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Topics: Fresh Developments News

Evidence that the SRA has been listening?

Posted by Paulo Karat on 25-Feb-2016 13:31:54

There has been a change in tone around work-based experience and a shift away from it being seen almost as a regulatory inconvenience to something valuable and at the heart of all that is good about our current framework. As Martin Coleman, outgoing Chair of the SRA’s Education and Training Committee, observes:

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Topics: Fresh Developments News

SRA Qualification & Training Regime Consultation: Key Headlines

Posted by Paulo Karat on 25-Feb-2016 12:44:55

The Qualification & Training Regime Consultation was published in December 2015, what are we to make of it? Here are the key takeaways as I see them…

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Topics: Fresh Developments News

The new centralised assessment: the ‘SQE’

Posted by Paulo Karat on 25-Feb-2016 12:40:34

This consultation confirms that it’s all eyes on a new Solicitors Qualifying Examination, with a Part 1 legal knowledge test and a Part 2 knowledge and skills test.

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Topics: Fresh Developments News

Employment Tribunal Advocacy

Posted by Jon Goodman on 25-Feb-2016 11:52:52

I retired recently after a 21 year stint as an employment  judge. Throughout that period I was treated [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][and often entertained!] by styles of advocacy ranging from inept to excellent. Surprisingly, perhaps, it was not always the most experienced and professionally qualified advocates who performed consistently well. I have fond memories of half a dozen or so litigants in person demonstrating admirable skill in presenting their cases succinctly and clearly.

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Topics: Fresh Developments News

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