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).
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.
Topics: Continuing Competence
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.
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.
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?