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Portrait of a competent solicitor

A cheeky Richard Barr reminds solicitors to keep a spring in their step as the new training regime approaches

9 December 2014

All around me, fellow lawyers were talking loudly of their successes – of the judges they had wowed, the defendants they had bowed and the clients they had endowed (with fortunes). All I could offer
as an achievement was a modest payment for a broken tooth.

The occasion was the annual rush to accumulate enough continuing professional development (CPD) points to keep us legal for another year. This will
all change soon – when, instead, we will have to meet ‘a proper standard of legal practice and of training
and supervision’. The changes are not with us yet. According to the SRA website they will not be implemented until November 2016, but I await with interest the statement from the SRA to be issued in the spring of 2...

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