The SRA has made significant changes to the way in which all solicitors demonstrate ongoing professional development. This is a mandatory change which directly impacts on and requires action by all solicitors practicing in England and Wales.
The old system of CPD which recorded a set number of hours training was replaced on 1 November 2016 by a best practice approach which focuses on the outcomes gained from learning and development.
All solicitors (including in-house lawyers) now need to demonstrate that they are competent to deliver a proper standard of service to clients against the new SRA Competence Statement. At regular points during the year, you will need to engage in 'reflective thinking' to plan and action your learning and development following the reflective 'Continuing Competence Cycle' and evidence that this has been done. You will be required to make a declaration to the SRA at the end of the practicing year as follows:
"I have reflected on my practice and addressed any identified Learning and Development needs."
This is a significant change in approach by the SRA so we are running a series of seminars to assist you with your transition to the new regime, covering the requirements of the new regime and hints and tips for engaging with the 'reflective thinking' process.
The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity to ask questions and meet with members of the Bond Dickinson team.