LETG condemns Law Soc training review

The Legal Education and Training Group (LETG) has hit out at the Law Society’s plans to revamp legal training in its response to the controversial Training Framework Review.

In a paper released to members last week, the LETG says that, at an open meeting of 28 law firms, two-thirds of the firms were against the proposed abolition of the existing LPC.

“The Training Framework Review Group’s assertions can only be seen as a triumph of naivety over experience,” the report states.

It continues: “One of the golden rules in any change project is that you need to create an overwhelming vision for change – and in the context of the Training Framework Review it is not clear that the Law Society has managed to do this.”

The group’s chair, Norton Rose senior training manager John Trimbos, said the paper was designed as constructive criticism. It suggests that the assessment of trainees’ “portfolios” of experience should be undertaken by law firms so as to avoid a backlog of marking. It also warns that training supervisors could be costly to the profession.

“I do hope that the Law Society will appreciate that this is a constructive response,” Trimbos added.

Consultation on the Training Framework Review closes on 8 July 2005.