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BMG Research appointed for SRA's study in taking forward Training for Tomorrow competency reforms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has appointed BMG Research, a social, economic and market research company, to undertake an empirical study of the competences of newly qualified solicitors.

The announcement follows on from the proposal for a Competency Framework for newly qualified solicitors contained in the Training for Tomorrow policy statement recently published in response to the Legal Education and Training Review.

BMG is undertaking discussions with a broad range of stakeholders, including practitioners and consumers, about the nature of the work undertaken by early career solicitors. These discussions will be followed by larger-scale surveys. BMG will deliver their report early next year. The objectives of the research are to:

  • review the knowledge, skills and attributes (KSA) that employers expect newly qualified solicitors to have on Day One
  • investigate the KSA that newly qualified solicitors use in their roles
  • investigate the KSA which employers and newly qualified solicitors expect newly qualified solicitors will need in the future, taking into account the findings of the LETR Research Report and relevant SRA regulatory data
  • develop a series of KSAs from the research findings which the SRA can refine and develop into a competence framework
  • explore and provide evidence to demonstrate what consumers need in terms of solicitor competence.

Julie Brannan, the SRA’s Director of Training and Education, said: "In our Training for Tomorrow policy statement, we have proposed introducing a new Competency Framework which will ensure that solicitors have the knowledge, skills and attributes to deliver high quality legal services.

"In order to ensure that our Framework captures the essential competences, we need empirical evidence about the kind of work newly qualified solicitors undertake. BMG will be contacting a wide range of different stakeholders and we are very grateful to everyone who participates in the research project for their time and involvement, which will help shape the future of the profession."

The SRA has set up to enable interactive dialogue with stakeholders on the Training for Tomorrow policy, as well as a dedicated email – and join in the Twitter conversation using #srat4t.

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