Monthly Archives: October 2015

Explaining The SRA’s new approach to CPD and continuing competence

Over the past year, we have written a series of posts on the SRA’s new approach to CPD. We have consolidated the key points into the presentation below:

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Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training at the SRA sums up the new approach as follows:

The new approach has competence at its heart. Individual solicitors and firms will be in the driving seat. They will need to think about what they should do to ensure that their work is up-to-date and competent. They will be able to choose how best to do this.

There will be more flexibility about how people learn. For example, it will no longer be necessary to learn in hour-long blocks. People who prefer to learn in bite-sized chunks, perhaps over their phone or tablet, on the go, will be able to do so. People who learn through reading and researching for a particular case will be able to have that recognised as part of their learning and development.

SRA finally announces language of annual declaration for new approach to CPD

After months of waiting, the SRA has finally published the wording for the annual declaration required under its new approach to continuing competence:

“I have reflected on my practice and addressed any identified learning and development needs.”

The declaration is made on the Practising Certificate Renewal Exercise (PCRE) forms. Either individual solicitors, or entities who complete the PCRE in bulk, can make the declaration.

The SRA will monitor PCRE forms to identify those solicitors who have not confirmed that they have reflected on their practice and addressed learning and development needs. They will use this information, along with other information they hold or receive, to explore concerns that they may have with the competence or standard of service provided by a solicitor.

Solicitors who have chosen to move to the new approach this year will make their first declaration (for the 2014-2015 practice year) in October 2016. In October 2017, there will be no declaration required for 2015-2016 as the SRA shifts to align the declaration with the current PCRE year. In that year a declaration will be required by all solicitors for the new approach for the 2016-2017 year. Despite the fact that no declaration will be required for the 2015-2016 year, this does not remove the regulatory responsibility for all solicitors either to comply with the old approach by doing 16 hours of CPD or to adopt the new approach.

As a reminder, under the new approach, a solicitor must: Continue reading

Policy Tracker 2.0 – unlimited policies, deployed in less than 3 minutes

VinciWorks has released version 2 of the Policy Tracker. The new system features:

  • Unlimited policies
  • Less than 3 minutes to deploy
  • One fixed price
  • No IT support required

What is a policy tracker?

It is a simple way to guarantee that users read, understand and acknowledge corporate policies. It sends policies to relevant staff and keeps track of who opened the policies, how long they spent reading them and who actively acknowledged them.

What is new in version 2.0?

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