The deadline for the LSB’s consultation on ongoing competence has been extended to the 26th June.
The call has been extended due to the ongoing pressure on respondents, and the need to divert resources, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The LSB has said: “We are asking respondents to consider four themes:
- Defining competence and competence assurance
- Consumer expectations of competence
- Competence assurance in the legal services sector
- Competence assurance in other sectors
We want to hear from people and organisations both within and beyond the legal services sector with any relevant information on existing competence assurance practices and whether these practices protect the public and promote consumer interests. The insights will help guide our thinking on whether a different approach is needed.”
Further information is agvailable on the LSB site.
The Legal Services Board has launched a consultation on “ongoing professional competence in the legal services sector”. The aim of the consultation is to review how regulators ensure that the legal professionals they regulate remain competent over the course of their careers.
LSB Chief Executive Matthew Hill said: ‘Ensuring legal professionals remain competent throughout their careers will help increase trust in legal services and improve access to justice. We look forward to hearing from the wide range of people with an interest in this subject, including regulators, providers and representative bodies, within and beyond the legal services sector.’
The LSB is asking respondents to consider four themes:
• Defining competence and competence assurance
• Consumer expectations of competence
• Competence assurance in the legal services sector
• Competence assurance in other sectors
The LSB plans to engage widely with stakeholders during the call for evidence and is looking forward to meeting with interested parties in the coming months, and has expressed a desire to hear the views of international regulators on their views and experiences on the theme.
Full details of the consultation are on the LSB Ongoing competence: Call for evidence page
Consultation response submission deadline: 15 May 2020.
12-15 February 2020
AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, Austin, Texas
The programme for this year’s Mid-Year Meeting includes: discussions on ethical enforcement in federal jurisdictions, prosecuting the prosecutor, dissemination of the NOBC’s Anti-Money Laundering Tool Kit, and utilising alternative discipline. They will also continue their conversations on the importance of lawyer health and well-being with a presentation titled “Vicarious Trauma Compassion Fatigue in Regulators” and on the impact of technology on the law with a presentation titled “Technology in the Courtroom and Your Office.”
The NOBC has said “We look forward to seeing our fellow NOBC members as we gather for the Mid-Year Meeting. The meeting promises to be the ideal setting for networking with old friends and colleagues, meeting new friends and colleagues, and benefiting from each other’s experiences.”
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published a report on the impact of their revised approach to regulating barristers’ Continuing Professional Development. The report found that the general attitude towards the scheme amongst barristers was positive, with many welcoming the improved flexibility of the rules, however the report also suggested that there was some misunderstanding over the role of reflection in maintaining professional standards.
The report focuses on the CPD approach launched in 2017, which emphasised outcomes for barristers with over three years of experience, replacing the prescriptive hours focused approach.
Read the full report on the BSB site (PDF).
Newly published feedback received by the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) on continuous professional development (CPD) requirements introduced in 2016 has indicated that the changes have been well received by solicitors and law firms. The requirements, known as ‘Continuing Competence’ are available in full here and include requiring solicitors to make an annual declaration of their own training and development as part of their renewal application, allowing for greater time flexibility and more targeted development.
Feedback from firms was very positive with 40 per cent of law firms reporting that the changes have increased the amount of learning and development support offered to their solicitors, 52 per cent of firms saying that levels of learning and development have remained unchanged, and only 9 per cent reporting a reduction in the focus given to this area. SRA comments are available here, whilst the full report is available here.