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Training providers are out of touch with the profession

Qualifying solicitors need appropriate, practical programmes to suit modern life, says Stuart Price

1 April 2014

The traditional route to qualification is fading,
as legal executives, paralegals and apprentices deviate from the usual
three-step process. Recently,
the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s director of education and training, Julie Brannan, indicated that such reform is far from over while proposals
to introduce a ‘statement of competence’ and a final entrance exam for solicitors suggest that the most radical change is yet to come.

If plans for a new compliance framework are implemented, the SRA will take a back seat when it comes to monitoring and regulating the training and standards of the profession. If the regulator is happy that the statement of competence is in place and an appropriate entrance exam is keeping standards high, training establishments will be ab...

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