News release

Competence Statement consultation launched today

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today (20 October) launched a three-month consultation setting out the standards for practice as a solicitor. The consultation runs until 12 January 2015.

Today's 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."

Read the Competence Statement consultation.

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