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Solicitors' views sought on CPD review

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is looking for the views from all solicitors in England and Wales on continuing professional development (CPD).

The SRA's Education and Training Unit has been looking at CPD since April last year with a view to developing an evidence base from which to develop future policy. The project will build on research already undertaken by the SRA and the findings will provide a key source of data for the Legal Education and Training Review, which is being conducted in parallel by the SRA, the Bar Standards Board and the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards.

Nottingham Law School (NLS) has been commissioned to support the review, and as part of the first phase of this project, it has developed an online survey to gauge attitudes and opinions. The survey will look specifically at establishing a snapshot of current practice and experience of CPD as well as identifying challenges and barriers that exist within the system.

The online questionnaire will be open for all qualified solicitors for the next three weeks. To take part, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/SRACPDSurvey.

Maxine Warr, SRA Education and Training Policy Manager, said: "We know that law firms across England and Wales have vastly differing approaches to CPD. The aim of the review is to identify areas of best practice, discover where barriers to effective CPD lie and determine the regulatory needs of the profession to inform future policy."

The CPD review itself will involve close cooperation with a cross-section of professional practitioners, membership networks and key stakeholders to

  • identify current models of good practice in the practice and provision of CPD within the solicitors’ profession,
  • address the challenges to effective practice of CPD within the solicitors’ profession and provide examples of how barriers may be overcome,
  • examine the role of CPD as a regulatory tool in maintaining and enhancing the competence, performance and ethical conduct of solicitors.
 
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