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SRA calls for input into CPD Review

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it wants a further phase of research to gather more evidence to support its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Review.

And those looking to contribute to the process are invited to contact the SRA to express an interest in the work. The research being undertaken will build on the work already undertaken by Professor Andrew Boon, the Dean of the School of Law at Westminster University.

The findings will inform the development of a future CPD scheme. The SRA is currently working with a small group of external stakeholders to develop a series of research proposals that will provide a robust evidence base from which to design this new system of CPD.

Once this has been established, the SRA will consult widely with the profession on key aspects of the research, with an aim of testing several concepts and approaches. This new research phase will run from October until the middle of next year.

Yve Schelhaas, Director, Education and Training said: "We want to hear from solicitors who want to take part in focus groups or informal consultations. There is already a lot of good practice out there and we want to build on that.

"We don't want to put in place regulatory requirements that won't work in practice if existing arrangements are already out there, so we are trying to understand how CPD works in the profession and find examples of best practice."

The results of the research phase will provide a key source of data for the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), which is being conducted in parallel by the SRA, BSB and IPS.