The LETR final report has been published. You can access it at http://ow.ly/moZtW Para 6.95 on page 253 gives a good summary of some of the discussion on cpd.
Its a biggy! 371 pages. Interestingly the document uses the abbreviation LSET, “Legal Services Education & Training”. A flexible term for flexible times!
Here are some of the key messages about cpd and re-accreditation:
1. The case for a re-accreditation as a pre-requisite for on-going practice in the legal professions has been rejected as “not proven” at the current time. Although it makes the point that re-accreditation has led to higher quality care in the medical professions, it concedes that it would be too onerous for some, most obviously sole practitioners. (See 4 below.) An improved cpd scheme is preferred.
2. Continuing professional development needs to be reformed. The legal sector is behind other professions in terms of best practice. There needs to be a move away from cpd as a purely a way of accruing knowledge; it needs to be about reflection and skills too in order to develop effective practice. A “cyclical” approach of planning, implementation and reflection needs to be the norm (para 6.95).
3. Core subjects “need” to be offered via cpd including equality & diversity training, ethics & governance and management skills. Regulators need to set out a plan for “assuring competence & ethical conduct of legal practitioners in a rapidly changing legal market”.
4. Accreditation of specialist areas of practice should be improved and should form part of a reformed approach to cpd.
5. Cpd should be liberalised to recognise “intentional, meaningful learning”. This should include learning in the work place, but this would need to be evidenced and should go alongside an accredited hours system.
6. Entity-based regulation of cpd is favoured (activity-based regulation is not). An outcomes focussed approach is advocated; firms should be in a position to demonstrate that learning is being used to achieve set goals, e.g. in equality and diversity.
7. Regulators should provide online reporting services for cpd plans and learning logs.
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