Practice management

Becoming a partner...

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).

The full research report, our consultation summary document, and model diagrams are available to download.

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