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Legal Training Handbook


Practice management

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29 April 2016


234 x 156 mm
528 pages

Legal Training Handbook

Melissa Hardee


The Legal Training Handbook is an essential manual for all firms.

It provides guidance for partners and managers on how to manage training as part of the business, training partners and directors on how to meet the training needs of the business solicitors, as well as training managers, on how to design and deliver effective training brand, of particular importance currently, on the regulatory requirements for training.

Following the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched wide-ranging reforms of the legal education and training framework. For solicitors in England and Wales, it means change to nearly all parts of the qualification pathway, and to nearly all aspects of required training.

The Legal Training Handbook helps firms navigate these changes by explaining and providing guidance on the new requirements, which include

  • the period of recognised training and the training and qualification requirements for trainees
  • the “equivalent means” route to qualification
  • the new Continuing Competence approach, which will replace the current CPD scheme
  • the new Competence Statement, and proposals for new routes to qualification management training
  • transitional arrangements.

The book covers other new developments such as legal apprenticeships, and also the qualification requirements for other 'lawyers' under the Legal Services Act 2007.

It concisely sets out the information needed in an easy-to-access way, with summary tables and lists of relevant reference and source materials.


1: Managing training in the business:

2: Qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales:

3: Other qualified lawyer qualification requirements;

4: Meeting training needs within the business;

5: Delivering the training programme.

About the Author

Melissa Hardee, Solicitor, BA (Hons), LLB was training partner at CMS Cameron McKenna and then Director of the Legal Practice Course at City University's Inns of Court School of Law, before setting up international consultancy, Hardee Consulting, in 2008.She has long been involved in legal education as chair of representative professional and education bodies, and as a member of regulatory committees and working groups, as well as validation panels in England, Wales and Scotland for the various stages of legal education. She is President of the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society and the author of the Legal Training Toolkit.