Continuing Professional Development for Personal Injury Lawyers

When it comes to continuing professional development (CPD), solicitors no longer have to complete a set number of hours per year. But it remains an important concept in the legal profession, and is mandatory under the continuing competence scheme, which was introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in 2016.

Continuing competence

Continuing competence aims to enable a more holistic approach to continuing professional development. Under the old regime, solicitors had to accrue 16 hours of training over the course of the year, and it did not necessarily matter what the subject matter was. This reportedly led to some solicitors attending irrelevant courses just to comply with the rules.

Now, legal practitioners have the power to reflect on the gaps in their knowledge and address these in any way they see fit. They do not have to sit through a set number of hours’ training, but rather, have the autonomy to decide what is best for their own continuing professional development.

The continuing competence debate

When the scheme was first introduced there was both praise and scepticism. Advocates said it gave legal Continuing Professional Development for Personal Injury Lawyerspractitioners the freedom to take charge of their CPD, ensuring it would be better targeted to their daily practice. Critics said it opened the opportunity for laziness, as solicitors could profess to having completed CPD activities, without that actually being true.

Whatever your opinion on the matter, the fact remains that CPD is incredibly important to those practicing law, and not just because it is a requirement set out under principle 5 of the SRA Handbook!

Remember, continuing professional development exists for good reason – to progress your knowledge-base, to expand your horizons, and to provide a better service to your clients. This means it is something to be excited about! This is particularly true under the new scheme of continuing competence, where you can identify exactly what is it that you need.

Target your continuing professional development

To help you address your CPD needs, we’ve put together a list to work through which follows the SRA’s guidelines on continuing competence –

  1. Reflect on your skills and consider what further learning could enhance your practice as a legal practitioner. While doing so, take a look at the SRA’s competence statement and apply it to your role as a personal injury lawyer.
  2. Plan how you are going to meet your learning needs, whether through webinars, legal training courses, reading material or something else. Take a look at our recorded webinars and our law courses for inspiration. If you would like some suggestions or clarification on any of our legal training material, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
  3. Address your learning needs by completing the plan you have set yourself.
  4. Evaluate how these activities have enhanced your skills and your legal practice. Consider how you will incorporate them into your job.
  5. Record all of the above, including the learning needs you identified, how you addressed them and your evaluation. It will later need to be reported to the SRA.

Contact us

As specialist providers of legal training for personal injury lawyers, we understand the SRA’s requirements and have a range of law courses and webinars that can help you fulfil your CPD obligations. Our personal injury legal training is interactive and engaging, ensuring that you will get the most out of your continuing professional development.

If you would like to know more about our legal training courses, including the courses most suited to you and your team, simply call us on 0117 9259612 or complete our free online enquiry form and we will be in touch

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