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Continuing Competence Roadshow: May-June 2016

VinciWorks is hitting the road to deliver practical, face-to-face seminars on the SRA’s new approach to continuing competence. Attendees will learn how to identify learning needs, build a learning and development plan and consider methods for recording and demonstrating that they have fulfilled the SRA’s requirements.


  • May 9: Birmingham
  • May 10: Manchester
  • May 31: Bristol
  • June 1: London


  • Time – 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • CPD – 3 hours 🙂
  • Cost – £90 (early bird £75)
  • Presenter – Gary Yantin, Director of Best Practice, VinciWorks

Who should attend?

  • HR professionals
  • COLPs and COFAs
  • L&D teams
  • Practice managers
  • Solicitors that wish to understand how to comply with the new regulations

About the presenter

Gary Yantin is Director of Best Practice at VinciWorks — a leading provider of online compliance courses and risk management software. VinciWorks courses are used by over 20% of all solicitors and are considered to be the gold standard for compliance. Gary is a leading expert on the SRA’s changes to CPD and has helped VinciWorks develop the first software tool for compliance with the new approach to continuing competence. To learn more visit

Five best practice notes on continuing competence

Ahead of our continuing competence roadshow, Gary Yantin, VinciWorks’ Director of Best Practice, checked in with leading stakeholders to discuss how law firms are finding the transition from 16-hours CPD to continuing competence. He spoke to Richard Williams, SRA’s policy lead, as well as some early-adopter firms. Here are five key findings.

1. Awareness is up, but there is still confusion

Awareness of the new regime is improving but there is still confusion amongst some firms about what continuing competence means and what the SRA are looking for in terms of demonstrating that solicitors have achieved it.

2. No one-size fits all for number of hours

The SRA has made clear that there is no rule for whether there will be more or less learning under the new system. The amount of learning undertaken depends on a range of factors including seniority and area of practice. From VinciWorks conversations with firms another factor will be the firm’s’ own attitude to learning. For most of the firms we spoke to there is a common view that erring on the side of doing more learning can do no harm.

3. Many firms will still require 16 hours internally

The SRA were keen to point out, as they have repeatedly, that for many solicitors it will be possible to be competent with far less than 16 hours. However we hear that many firms will be sticking with 16 hours even after they adopt the new approach.  Some are imposing an alternative number of hours, be it 4 to tie in with the former accredited amount of CPD or a higher figure on the basis that the more learning a solicitor does the better.

4. YouTube will not replace high-quality training

What to learn is going to be an area that solicitors and their firms are likely to struggle with in the early years of competency. While the SRA are keen to point out that watching YouTube or listening to podcasts are adequate forms of learning, the firms we have spoken to appear to be sticking with tradition for now. Classroom and online modular learning being the favoured mediums.  

5. Accreditation will be up to the market

With the removal of accredited training suppliers, we wanted to know if there was a concern about a decline in quality. The SRA have no such concern. It is up to the market to create good quality learning without being restricted by having to achieve and maintain SRA approval. The SRA maintains that the market will do a far better job of establishing learning leaders than the SRA could. With this level of freedom from suppliers and for solicitors, alternative methods of learning are likely to emerge. Most firms will be watching their peers and competitors in the early years for guidance on what works.

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