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Law firms are not demanding enough of their L&D functions

By Sue Beavil, Learning & Organisational Development Manager, Slater & Gordon

26 May 2015

When a firm invests in a learning and development (L&D) function, what does it expect? Smaller firms often appoint someone to a dual HR and L&D role. They are asked to provide a service which is akin to being an event organiser - to put on lunchtime or early evening seminars. They are often the people who invite external speakers, frequently counsel, to come along and share their wisdom and experiences, perhaps for a bottle of fine wine.

The L&D function may also be responsible for booking individuals onto external conferences and courses. Until the changes to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) continuing professional development (CPD) requirements come into full effect on 1 November 2016, they will also be keeping solicitors' CPD records up to date for their annual practice certificate renewal.

Are larger firms very different? Many have a specific L&D...

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