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A consultation on the future of the mandatory 'practice management' course and associated practice rules
The consultation has now CLOSED. A summary of the findings from this phase, supplementing the original quantitative and qualitative research in the independent report, is available here.
One of our Corporate Plan Objectives (1.1) for 2013/14 proposed work to examine the future of the practice management course and some of the other regulatory requirements around becoming a partner in a Scottish law firm.
We invited an external consultant to undertake an initial review - speaking to attendees and presenters on the current course, a range of solicitors in practice, looking at other jurisdictions and professions, and carrying out a small survey. Roderick Wylie, a former chief executive of Murray Beith Murray, was appointed, and has produced an excellent report and recommendations.
In summary, the review suggested that as well as attending a mandatory course in the year after becoming a partner, solicitors should also be asked to complete four short online modules before they are made partner, and that these modules should be assessed. There is also a recommendation that there are some additional requirements for those likely to immediately become cash-room partners (often the case if someone is setting up on their own), and even a suggestion of a need for all partners to refresh knowledge in certain areas as part of their CPD cycle (perhaps every three or five years).
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