This role has responsibility for providing legal advice to clients through:
- acting ethically, with professionalism and judgement;
- progressing legal matters and transactions;
- applying legal knowledge and commercial judgement to produce solutions which meet clients' needs and address their commercial or personal circumstances;
- deploying the full range of legal skills - research, interviewing and advising, advocacy,
- negotiation, drafting, communicating orally and in writing;
- establishing and maintaining effective and professional relationships with clients and other people; and
- managing themselves and their own work effectively.
This assessment plan has been designed by a wide range of law firms and other employers of solicitors, representing a broad spectrum of different legal markets. It has been developed with close involvement of the regulatory body, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
It embodies the following principles:
- The Apprenticeship standard should be identical to the standard specified for qualification as a solicitor by the SRA, as set out in the SRA's Statement for Solicitor Competence ("the Competence statement"), the Threshold standard and Statement of legal knowledge.
- All the competences included in the Apprenticeship standard, which align to the Competence statement, must be assessed and must be demonstrated to the level described in the Threshold standard in order to complete the Apprenticeship.
- The design of the end-point assessment should enable the greatest flexibility in the delivery of the Apprenticeship.
- The design of the end-point assessment must provide a high level of assessment consistency, reliability and validity.