Training for Tomorrow

Our aim is to ensure that tomorrow's lawyers can meet the standards expected of skilled legal professionals.

A competence statement for solicitors

In April 2015 we published a Statement of Solicitor Competence which sets out what solicitors need to be able to do to perform their role effectively and which provides consumers of legal services with a clear indication of what they can expect from their solicitor.

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A new approach to qualification

We are reviewing our approach to qualification to align it to the Statement of Solicitor Competence, Statement of Legal Knowledge and Threshold Standard. Our proposals focus on assuring consistent and comparable high quality standards at the point of admission across the different ways of qualifying as solicitor.

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Continuing competence

Our role is to make sure that the solicitors and organisations we regulate are competent to deliver quality and ethical legal services. We have introduced a new approach to ensure that the skills and knowledge of solicitors remains up to date and they deliver a quality service. We have produced a tool kit that explains this approach and supports solicitors and organisations with implementation.

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A new regulatory framework

Our current regulatory framework prescribes the stages of qualification and the structures that training providers must have in place. We have made a number of changes to introduce more flexibility and still ensure high standards.

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