Final Legal Education and Training Review report delayed


Education review: 18 months of research and consultation

Completion of the much-anticipated Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) has been delayed, it has emerged.

The academic team compiling the report after 18 months of research and consultation was meant to have delivered it by the end of 2012.

A statement released on Friday said: “The LETR research team is currently in the process of finalising the LETR research report, which was commissioned by the Bar Standards Board, ILEX Professional Standards and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2011.

“Given the weight of evidence and in consideration of the importance and complexity of the review, the commissioning regulators have agreed to allow the LETR research team more time to finalise the report. A date for publication will be issued shortly.”

Legal Futures understands that a draft report was submitted last month but was not as complete as the research team wanted due to the size and complexity of the evidence base. There is no disagreement about the actual recommendations.

The possibility of slippage was flagged up as early as October 2011 by Sir Mark Potter, co-chairman of the LETR’s consultation steering panel.

The LETR will struggle to meet the expectations of its many stakeholders, given that some believe the current framework simply needs improving upon – particularly to encourage new paths to qualification – while others think there needs to be more radical reform to reflect the legal market of the future, rather than of today.

Speaking in November, SRA chairman Charles Plant said that to improve mobility, the review needs to go further than tinkering with the current regime.

“What strikes me about some of the responses to the LETR to date is that some contributors fail to appreciate that the legal services market is developing at a great pace. It is simply not good enough to draw up a list of changes which could beneficially be made in the context of the current state of affairs. We have to address in this exercise the legal market place of the future and explore how the role of the traditional lawyer will change.”

Tags:




    Readers Comments

  • Does this mean the academic team did not anticipate the extent and complexity of comments. if that is the case then may be the panel needed a different composition. After all the ‘commentariat’ has been banging on about inadequately prepared new entrants to the profession for years. Law is a business and its members need to be prepared for that.


Leave a Comment

By clicking Submit you consent to Legal Futures storing your personal data and confirm you have read our Privacy Policy and section 5 of our Terms & Conditions which deals with user-generated content. All comments will be moderated before posting.

Required fields are marked *
Email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Reports

Our latest special report, produced in association with Temple Legal Protection, looks at the role of after-the-event (ATE) insurance in commercial litigation post-LASPO. We are at a time when insurers, solicitors, clients and litigation funders work ever more closely to create funding packages that work for all of them, with conditional fee and even damages-based agreements now part of many law firms’ armoury.

Blog

13 November 2019

The October PII renewal: Why the market changed

Since the abolition of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund, the October professional indemnity insurance renewal season has always been a challenge, but this year most law firms saw their premiums go up.

Read More

Loading animation