Solicitors now have more freedom to assess their training needs and the flexibility to undertake training that is tailored to the work they do, explains Russell Hewitson

The new continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for all solicitors is being introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) ?on 1 November 2016 (though solicitors have been able to choose to move over to the ?new scheme since 1 April 2015).

Under the new scheme, ?the minimum 16-hour CPD requirement is replaced by a requirement of continuing competence. This means that while solicitors will still be required to undertake CPD activities, they will have complete control over how much training they do. 

There will be a requirement ?to make an annual return on renewal of a practising certificate that the solicitor has considered their training and development requirements and has taken appropriate s...

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