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.
|Level||Functioning knowledge||Standard of work||Autonomy||Complexity||Perception of context||Innovation and originality|
|1||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|
|2||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|
|3||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|
|4||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|
|5||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|