Careers

Soft skills

To be a successful solicitor you need more than excellent legal knowledge. You must also develop the soft skills you need in your day-to-day work.

SRA core competencies

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) uses continuing competence to make sure solicitors can do their jobs to the standard expected of them.

The SRA lists four core competencies for you to focus on:

  • ethics, professionalism and judgement
  • technical legal practice
  • working with other people
  • managing yourself and your own work

The SRA’s competence statement helps you meet the continuing competence requirement.

It recognises the importance of soft skills, such as how to:

  • interact with colleagues
  • build and maintain strong relationships with clients
  • work effectively as part of a team

You’ll find resources below to help you learn, develop and improve skills like these.

The threshold standard sets the minimum level of competence needed for solicitors to continue to practise. This is set at level three, which is also the standard at which someone qualifying as a solicitor would be expected to perform.

Resources

Continuing competence guidance – our guidance on complying with the SRA’s requirements

Career companion resources – sign up for workshops and skills sessions, and access our online career zone

Publications

Career Management for Lawyers

Junior Lawyers' Handbook

Legal Training Handbook

Smarter Legal Marketing – how to market yourself for work and career development

Webinars

Communication and assertiveness

Improve your presentation and public speaking skills

What does continuing competence mean?

Effective team working, leadership and delegation

Tips to make the most of networking opportunities