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SRA commissions Nottingham Law School for CPD Review

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has commissioned Nottingham Law School (NLS) part of Nottingham Trent University, to undertake research supporting the Review of Solicitors Continuous Professional Development.

The SRA's Education & Training Unit began this Review in April last year as part of its examination of the current model of solicitors' CPD. This research builds on existing work to further our understanding of the issues at play. Nottingham Law School’s bid for the Review contract was accepted following the tendering process carried out last month.

Maxine Warr, SRA Education & Training Policy Manager, said: “We were impressed with the calibre of tenders we received and competition was strong. NLS brings world-class experience and expertise to this project and we look forward to working in partnership with it to deliver this important research.”

Pamela Henderson, Head of the Practitioner Portfolio at Nottingham Law School, will be leading the project. She added: "We are delighted to have been offered this opportunity to work with the SRA by undertaking research that will inform future policy in relation to CPD and the wider training framework review."

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

  • The relationship between initial vocational training and CPD
  • The relationship between CPD needs and provision
  • The possible need for differentiated, career-stage appropriate CPD provision
  • The extent to which current CPD requirements are compatible with individual professional goal-setting and the facility to measure or evaluate impact.
  • The extent and nature of CPD currently provided beyond the mandatory requirement, including the practicalities and efficacy of mentoring systems.

The project’s 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. Findings will be produced in December 2012 and will inform any future CPD system.

Find out more about the Legal Education & Training Review.  

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