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Learning activities

Any activity that helps you meet your learning needs counts towards continuing competence, for example:

  • working towards professional qualifications
  • taking part in courses and accreditations
  • work shadowing
  • listening to or watching audio-visual material
  • doing research

The SRA toolkit suggests more activities to meet your learning needs.

In July 2019 the SRA released a report showing how law firms and solicitors have responded to continuing competence. The table shows the most common types of training firms have provided since it was introduced.

Internal approaches%External approaches%
Reading, research and discussion75Training course on specific topics or areas of law70
Informal training/on-the-job training69E-learning or webinars59
Peer-to-peer informal learning51Conferences and events58
Mentoring and coaching48Learning and development networks30
Shared learning39Study towards a professional qualification or certification23
E-learning and bespoke courses44Social media learning platforms19
Secondments to other departments5  

Read the full SRA report: Understanding implementation of our approach to continuing competence


If you want to do a course, you should check that the quality of it is acceptable to you. The SRA does not accredit courses or course providers.

If your firm will not fund continuing competence activities

There are many activities you can do to meet the continuing competence requirements that are free, for example work shadowing or taking part in webinars.

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