The new CPD system for solicitors from November 2016

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Moving towards reflective learning

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Gill Steel | 20th year as a consultant to the legal profession

In the run up to November 2016 preparation is required and habits need tweaking to bring your approach to learning and development up to date. Just like the law changes and develops over time so too do approaches to learning and development. Despite the general uncertainty change brings it can also be a great motivator to see things differently and gain more insight and enjoyment from how we do things.

Perhaps you won’t believe it but the SRA, in moving the solicitor’s profession to a model for reflective learning, is in tune with a move away from the course mindset in learning and development to the idea that learning should be a natural part of the working day. Some thinkers in the field have observed that 70% of learning at work is the result of problem solving on the job (in our case undertaking research to advise clients, for example); 20% learning from others in the workplace and only 10% attending courses or formal learning events – see Charles Jennings’s blog at or Jane Hart’s piece at

I can help you and your colleagues approach this change in law firms and harness the power of looking at learning differently –contact me at

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