Competence Statement consultation launched

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched a three-month consultation setting out the standards for practice as a solicitor. The consultation runs until 12th January 2015.

This consultation seeks views on a new Competence Statement for solicitors, which defines the standard for admission and continued competence. The Statement is accompanied by a Threshold Standard and underpinning Statement of Legal Knowledge. All have been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including practitioners, legal educators and consumers.

Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training said: "This consultation is the next step in our Training for Tomorrow programme of educational reform. The proposed Competence Statement and its accompanying documents define the standard for initial qualification and continuing practice as a solicitor. We have already had a high level of engagement from solicitors, consumers of legal services, academics, and training providers in its development. We urge you to join the debate by responding to the consultation."

A copy of the Competence Statement consultation is available at:

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