Cutting through the ‘red-tape’ of training: the SRA propose axing Management Course Stage 1.

The SRA has launched a consultation about removing the requirement for solicitors to undertake Management Course Stage 1.  We’ve been teaching the course for over 10 years and one thing we know is that delegates always learn lots of simple lessons that stick with them for a long time.

We also know that making delegates undertake this 7 hour face-to-face course is too prescriptive and lacks the flexibility that lawyers need to have when it comes to their training. It’s no exaggeration that at the start of this course we are often met with a sea of grumpy faces; lawyers who are busy and who would prefer to be at their desks.

However, in the words of one recent delegate, they would “recommend the course to everyone, as it was infinitely better than expected” and they “learnt a lot.”

So what should firms be doing to train their young lawyers if/once the Management Course stage 1 is scrapped? Here are 3 simple ideas:

1.It’s a chance for firms to review what management training their lawyers actually need; not simply what the SRA prescribes. Firms should develop bespoke management training that covers client relations, finance, people management and information.

2.Consult with staff, lawyers, partners and clients to discover what skills lawyers should have as a manager. How well do clients think their expectations are managed? Do your accounts staff get frustrated because the lawyers don’t bother to get familiar with the firm’s finance procedures?

3.Develop training that’s bite-sized, including e-learning modules that cover all the key management skills. Your lawyers want training that can be done at a time and place that suits them.

If you’d like to discuss your firms training needs get in touch. We’re friendly, knowledgeable and easy to work with. We have a bank of ‘ready to go’ courses and the skills and resources needed to develop bespoke e-learning modules exclusively for your firm.

Get in touch to see how we can help.  kath@kinchrobinson.com

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Effective RTA litigation training

Over the past 12 months we’ve developed a unique and exclusive RTA litigation training course aimed at fast-track RTA litigators. The course has three modules covering liability, special damages and general damages that are delivered through a series of one-day workshops.

The course is perfect for firms that have bulk RTA work but who don’t have the internal manpower or time to deliver detailed training to those carrying out the work. Our tutors are experienced solicitors and barristers who use a range of teaching methods to deliver this imaginative, highly practical and hugely popular course.

After completing each module, delegates take an online assessment to check understanding and identify any areas where additional support may be needed. These assessments are a great management tool. Not only can you use the tests as part of your recruitment process, but you get to identify your ‘high flyers’!

So ask yourself…does your team know a good claim from a bad one? Do they know their stuff on law and procedure? Do they run their large RTA caseloads as effectively and efficiently as possible?

If the answer is ‘NO’, please get in touch to discuss our programme in more detail. #AskKath 0114 273 8300

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A shiny new website

After several months of sweat and (a few) tears, we’re delighted to be able to launch the all new Kinch Robinson website.

As well as being jam-packed with details of all our courses, our News desk will keep you up to speed on all the latest training developments within the profession, as well as all our news.

There is something on the site for everyone. Whether you’re a training manager looking for some inspiring courses that won’t break the bank, or an individual looking to fine-tune your writing skills via an online training course – this site is the place to be!

Whilst websites are great, we also love to chat in person about how we can help with your training needs. So please pick up the phone and give us a call on 0114 2738300 and ask for Linda Moran.

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New approach to solicitors’ training – from spring 2015

On 21 May, The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board announced that a new approach to the training requirements of solicitors is to be introduced.

The compulsory 16 hours' training per year is to be scrapped and instead there is to be a shift in focus to 'outcome based learning and development' to ensure the 'continuing competence' of solicitors.

Rather than firms seeing training as a '16 hour box-ticking exercise', the SRA will expect firms to demonstrate that they have a system in place which identifies the training requirements of individuals and firms, and to ensure that the requirements are met. From spring 2015, firms can voluntarily sign up to the new scheme which will subsequently be made compulsory in November 2015.

Gillian Brannan, Director of Education and Training at the SRA, said in an interview that “technology has driven changes to the culture of learning”. At Kinch Robinson, we have witnessed this shift for a number of years and is the reason why we have developed a portfolio of online courses that can be accessed at a time and place to suit delegates.

We therefore welcome the SRA’s announcement and change of approach. Kinch Robinson has always focused on the training needs of a law firm, rather than on the number of hours. All our courses are accompanied with an 'outcomes focused narrative' which also makes your life easier when it comes to recording your training activity!

For a free initial consultation on how we can assist with embracing the change to your firm’s training requirements, please email Kath Kinch . And you can download a Personal Development Record template here.

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