The Gateway has three simple sections that encourage continuous development and provide an easy way of tracking it.
Tell us your field of law and/or area of responsibility and we will provide a list of the most relevant activity for you.
Complete the activity you chose, reflect on your learning and rate your development in the four competencies.
Keep an eye on how much you are developing in each competency and view the details of your training record.
Under the new continuing competence rules, the SRA is looking to create an environment where solicitors reflect on their learning and development needs and tailor their learning activities to their personal requirements. Coupled with a changing legal market, it is now more important than ever for legal professionals to keep on top of legislative developments and know how to help drive business development for their firm.
Managing learning and development under the new regime might sound confusing, with greater emphasis on concepts like reflective practice. The Competence Gateway can help. The Competence Gateway has been designed specifically to guide you through the new continuing competence regime. Simply update your areas of specialism and development needs and it will suggest relevant activities for you, as well as providing you with an audit trail of your activities.
The Competence Gateway pulls together some of the most respected names in legal information, giving you access to resources from Central Law Training, and news and best practice guidelines from ARK Group and other high quality service providers.
The site is free to access for Central Law Training members. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
In 2014, the Solicitors Regulation Authority announced fundamental changes to the regime for continuing professional development (CPD) which affect all solicitors practising in England and Wales.
In place of the rule that solicitors must undertake a specified number of hours of CPD, which has been a requirement for more than 25 years, the SRA is adopting a new approach to ensure that solicitors remain competent.
This requires solicitors in England and Wales to prove their continuing competence by reference to a series of skills.
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