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CLC seeks to expand its Continuous Professional Development requirements

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is proposing major changes to its Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requirements, moving towards an outcomes-focused approach.

In its latest consultation, the CLC sets out a new set of principles which will involve changes for individuals, as well as introducing a universal CPD requirement for CLC firms. These proposals will mitigate risks and continue to improve standards in the profession while enhancing consumer protection.

The proposals include:

  • A move away from an hours-based approach towards an activity and outcomes-based approach.
  • A mix of formally and informally assessed activity.
  • A new requirement on regulated entities in relation to the ongoing competence of all lawyers, with defined roles such as Money Laundering Reporting Officer, Head of Legal Practice and Head of Finance and Administration to improve the overall risk management and performance of CLC practices.
  • The possibility of some mandatory training for key individuals each year.

The CLC’s proposals reflect a sector wide approach to CPD, highlighted by the recent LSB Statement on this issue which set clear outcomes that legal services regulators should meet to ensure that lawyers have the necessary skills, knowledge, and behaviours to provide good quality legal services.

CLC chief executive, Sheila Kumar, said:

“We have been reviewing CPD for a while and have developed these proposals carefully to follow-on from the day one outcomes that are set for newly-qualified CLC lawyers.

We believe that our proposed changes will reduce risks for firms and enable then to demonstrate competence and professionalism to clients, lenders and PI insurers more effectively. The revised framework, along with clear guidance, should also support a more transparent career route to key roles in firms as candidates will be able to evidence their suitability with more objective information.”

The consultation will close on Tuesday 6 January 2023. You can participate in the consultation by clicking this link to submit responses via its short form questionnaire or emailing responses to the long form questionnaire at consultations@clc-uk.org

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