Solicitors Regulation AuthorityMandatory
From November 2016, solicitors are required to undertake ongoing CPD and learning activities to ensure their ‘Continuing Competence’ within the legal profession. This means that solicitors must reflect on their practice, and undertake regular learning and development so their skills and knowledge remain up to date.
Continuing Competence is specifically required across the following four areas:
- Ethics, professionalism and judgement
- Technical legal practice
- Working with other people
- Managing themselves and their own work
From 1 November 2016, members no longer need to count CPD hours. Instead, they should now reflect on the quality of their practice and identify any learning and development needs. Members can then address these needs to make sure knowledge and skills are up to date and that are competent to practice.
Evidence Reporting Monitoring
All solicitors must make an annual declaration to the SRA that they have completed a sufficient amount of Continuing Competence, and the year runs from 1 November to 31 October. They should work with their employers to ensure that their learning needs are met appropriately.
The SRA provides a Continuing Competence Tool Kit which assists solicitors on addressing their learning needs, and appropriately recording and evaluating their progress.
All solicitors and registered European lawyers are required to undertake CPD.
Persistent non-compliance with CPD may result in delays issuing a certificate and / or disciplinary.