Solicitors Journal’s first CPD survey since the new regime was introduced in November 2016 reveals a profession struggling to come to grips with a far less prescriptive system

When the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) unveiled its new-look continuous professional development (CPD) regime in 2015, it promised to liberate lawyers from the minimum hours’ requirement and empower them to pursue a more flexible style of training. 

The new competency-based approach had been available for solicitors to move to voluntarily for 12 months but was made compulsory on 1 November 2016, at which point a survey by Solicitors Journal revealed that just 26 per cent had done so. 

Just over two years on, the Journal has revisited the regime with a survey exploring how attitudes have changed since it was introduced to all firms. 

We found that 43 per cent welcomed the flexibly offered by ...

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