Being a great solicitor in today's market requires more than having excellent legal knowledge; you also need to be a well-rounded individual.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has acknowledged four core competences in its competence requirements for all solicitors:
The SRA competence statement clearly focuses on soft skills as well as technical skills, so the personal skills required to interact with colleagues, to build, nurture and maintain strong relationships with clients, and to work effectively within a team should not be underestimated.
Regardless of the stage you're at in your career, these skills can be learnt, improved and developed through practical experience. This section aims to complement your legal knowledge by providing practical tips to help you become the well-rounded solicitor you need to be in today's fast evolving legal market.