About the threshold standard
Because the competence statement is generic and applies to all solicitors, a threshold standard was developed to set out the level at which the competences in the competence statement should be performed upon qualification as a solicitor.
Level three is the threshold standard required at the point of qualification; the other levels are provided for the purpose of context.
|Standard of work
|Perception of context
|Innovation and originality
|Recognises some of the standard legal issues relevant to the particular case or transaction area of practice
|Unlikely to be satisfactory unless closely supervised on a task by task basis
|Needs close supervision or instruction
|Unable to do more than simple routine tasks
|Tends to see actions in isolation
|Works within given procedures or instructions
|Recognises some of the standard legal issues relevant to the area of practice, and begins to see how they apply to a particular case or transaction
|Straightforward tasks likely to be completed to an acceptable standard
|Achieves some steps using own judgment, but supervision needed for overall case or transaction
|Able to deal effectively with straightforward cases and transactions
Sees actions as a series of steps
|Uses experience to check information provided
|Identifies the legal principles relevant to the area of practice, and applies them appropriately and effectively to individual cases’.
|Acceptable standard achieved routinely for straightforward tasks. Complex tasks may lack refinement.
|Achieves most tasks and able to progress legal matters using own judgment, recognising when support is needed.
|Able to deal with straightforward transactions, including occasional, unfamiliar tasks which present a range of problems and choices.
|Understands the significance of individual actions in the context of the objectives of the transaction/strategy for the case.
|Uses experience to check information provided and to form judgments about possible courses of action and ways forward.
|Threshold Standard required at qualification
|Applies a depth of understanding of the area of practice and a broad background awareness of legal principles to solve problems and progress the case.
|Full acceptable standard achieved routinely
|Takes full responsibility for progressing the case or transaction
|Deals with complex transactions through deliberate analysis and planning
|Develops a strategy for the case/transaction to deliver the overall objective and uses it to analyse individual steps.
|Produces innovative solutions and ways forward
|Uses mastery of the area of practice and a broad background awareness of legal principles to develop and critically evaluate a range of options to overcome dilemmas and problematic situations.
|Excellence achieved with ease
|Takes full responsibility for outcomes of case or transaction
|Deals with complex transactions intuitively and with ease; confident decision-maker
|Understands clearly the strategy for the case/transaction and alternative approaches to deliver it within a vision of what may be possible.
|Develops innovative solutions and ways forward in complex and unpredictable situations