England and Wales: A new route to qualification

June 8th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has launched a consultation which seeks stakeholder views on the regulations needed to bring the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) framework into force. (The SQE is designed to test whether individuals who wish to be admitted as solicitors have the skills and knowledge set out in the Statement of Solicitor Competence.)

The consultation document can be downloaded here:

Consultation paper (7 pages)

Annex 1 – Draft regulations (3 pages)

Annex 2 – Draft Principles (6 pages)

The consultation is open until 26 July 2017.

Once the SQE is introduced, aspiring solicitors will have to meet the following requirements:

– They must have a degree or equivalent qualification or experience.

– They must have passed the SQE, to demonstrate they have the knowledge and skills set out in the Statement of Solicitor Competence, to the standard prescribed in the Threshold Standard.

– They must have completed qualifying legal work experience, for at least two years (or part time equivalent), and which can be certified by either a solicitor or a compliance officer for legal practice.

– They must be of satisfactory character and suitability, to be assessed at the point of admission

Previous post(s) on this theme: England and Wales: SRA to launch Super-Exam in 2020

Law Society “abused dominant position” with CQS training monopoly, competition tribunal rules

May 29th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

“The Law Society abused its dominant position by requiring over 3,000 law firms to buy its own training in order to maintain their Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ruled”….continue to read here the full article published in legalfutures on 26 May 2017.

England and Wales: SRA to launch super-exam in 2020

April 25th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will introduce its planned super-exam, the Solicitors Qualification Examination, despite opposition from the profession…

For more information, please read the ‘The Lawyer‘ (25 April 2017).

France: Report on the Future of the legal profession

February 8th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Report (in French) was prepared by Maître Kami HAERI and submitted to the French Ministry of Justice on 2 February 2017. The report contains recommendations for reforms in the lawyer’s profession in France, including initial and continuous training (see pages 122-124).

Moldova: Parliament abandoned reform re access to the Profession

January 31st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Moldova: access to the legal profession

January 26th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The CCBE has addressed a letter of concern to the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova concerning a draft law which would allow, amongst others, “persons that hold or have held positions of members of the Parliament and who have acquired at least 10 years of experience in field of law” to become lawyers without having to sit the bar exam and without having to follow the otherwise mandatory traineeship for lawyers. The CCBE points out that: a) no other European country has such a provision, b) “a high standard of professional competence of lawyers is essential in the protection of the rule of law and the democratisation of a country” and c) “the practice of law requires very specific competences and skills” (see CCBE Training Outcomes for European Lawyers of 2007). Find the letter here and the CCBE Training Outcomes here EN versionFR version).

Czech Bar: Professional Speed-Dating as part of training

January 10th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Czech Bar – Professional Speed-Dating event

Professional Speed-Dating as part of training

Professional speed dating, or sometimes called speed networking, is derived from traditional speed-dating which is defined as an organised event for the purpose of meeting people you would like to date. However, professional speed-dating just uses the same format in order to facilitate business contacts. Usually, the participants have one-to-one conversation in a very limited time (usually less than 5 minutes). Once the time limit expires, a bell ring signals that it is time to move to a next chair or table in order to interact with another  colleague. Professional speed-dating focuses on business interaction, i.e, the participants will inform each other about their professional background,  field of specialisation, business goals,  they will exchange their business cards and could also try to identify  common professional interests and/or opportunities for potential business cooperation.

The Czech Bar Association, through its International Department, organises many international training events for its lawyers and trainee lawyers. The International Department has decided for the first time ever, to integrate professional speed-dating as part of a conference, namely the Czech-Slovak-German Lawyers Forum, a two-day event for lawyers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and German Sachsen and Bamberg which took place in November 2016 in Pilsen on the topic „International cooperation between lawyers“.

The first ever professional speed-dating went extremely well and we have received great positive feedback from all the 80 participants. Speed dating plays a major role as an ice-breaker and has a lasting effect even after the end of the speed-dating. Participants are curious to learn more about each other, they approach others more easily and the whole atmosphere of the training shifts towards a friendly and more informal one. This is also why many Bars and international organisations (a pioneer in this regard is AIJA, International Association of Young Lawyers) start to integrate speed dating as part of their training, conferences or trade fairs.

The International Department of the Czech Bar Association will certainly continue in the pursuit of new, informal and innovative approaches within its training activities, speed-dating included.

Dr. Eva Indruchová, LL.M., Head of International Department of the Czech Bar Association and Representative of the Czech Bar Association in Brussels, Member of the Czech Delegation to the CCBE, Member of the CCBE Training Committee.

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Eva Indruchova at the Czech Bar Professional Speed-Dating event

Romania: CCBE Letter to Ministry of Justice – Admission of Judges and Prosecutors to the lawyer’s profession

November 28th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Click here for details about the CCBE letter.

Training of Lawyers: Conference to support the Moldovan Bar in its reforms

November 23rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Click here for details on the conference.

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Speakers’ panel

Germany: plans to introduce a specific continuous training regime for all lawyers

November 2nd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Brief from Sabine Gries-Redeker, Member of the CCBE Training Committee, Germany

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Sabine Gries-Redeker

To guarantee the quality of services of lawyers in a more systemic way, it is planned to modify the rules for mandatory continuous training for lawyers in Germany. It is foreseen to regulate the requirements in more detail for all lawyers. Up to now, in Germany, there are detailed regulations with sanctions only for specialised lawyers, the so-called Fachanwälte. (For more information on the rules for Fachanwälte, see Post of 8 December 2016.) Now, the plans are to implement this for all lawyers. Details are not yet clear. There will be an amendment of § 59 b Abs 2 No. 1 h BRAO. By this law the assembly of the German Federal bar will be authorized to rule the details of the requirements of continuous training. The assembly is expected to decide on this at its meeting on 21 November 2016.