Competence, fitness or safety?

Competence, fitness or safety?

By Tim Pearce, SRA Policy Executive, 6 December 2013

The venue for the final Training for Tomorrow roadshow of 2013 was Nottingham Law School. Delegates explored in detail solicitor competence, with concepts such as fitness to practice, or "safety" in practice and the link between competence and risk being examined from a range of stakeholders within the profession.

Roadshow participants explore concepts of risk and competence

Roadshow participants explore concepts of risk and competence

Professor Jane Ching, one of the authors of the Legal Education and Training Review, attended and was able to answer delegates' questions on the report. Delegates also discussed the SRA's Work Based Learning pilot of which Jane was one of the leading architects and also explored and the practical challenges of defining a measurable standard of workplace competence for solicitors.

What do you see as the challenges in assessing competence to practice?