The SRA’s continuing competence regime marked a big change from the CPD rules. Rachel Rothwell examines what this meant for solicitors and whether further change is afoot

 

Many solicitors who qualified before 2016 will recall that growing sense of panic as the professional year began to draw to a close, and the eternal-sounding 16 hours of required continuing professional development (CPD) remained unfilled.

In September and October, however, their mailboxes would be flooded with adverts for CPD-accredited courses. These might not be particularly good – or even relevant – but solicitors would need to pick some quickly or kiss goodbye to the ability to continue practising as a solicitor.

In any event, if the training wasn’t very useful, a solicitor could always hotfoot it back to the office as soon as the trainer had obligingly signed the CPD form.

Those were what some wo...

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