Law Society to iron out qualifications

THE hotch-potch of courses available to para-legals has prompted the Law Society to work towards its own qualifications for solicitors' staff.

A questionnaire is being sent out to practitioners to identify areas to be tested.

The idea is to develop a recognised training programme within the framework of National Vocational Qualifications to ensure standards are maintained.

Nick Saunders, the society's head of legal education, says: “We are worried about some of the training courses on offer. They are growing up higgledy-piggledy.

“The main aim is to improve the standards of work undertaken by fee-earners within solicitors' offices.”

The research is being carried out in conjunction with the Institute of Legal Executives, which recognises that its own qualifications do not cover all the work carried out in solicitors' offices.