Legal Assistants

On this page:

1. General information

2. Number of levels

3. Content

4. Linked LPQ legal qualifications

5. The Standards working party

6. Wide applicability

7. Solicitors Regulation Authority compliant

8. Downloading your copy

9. Subscribe to updates

10. For more information

The Institute's Competency Standards for Legal Assistants are designed for clerical support staff who are not fee-earners, legal secretaries or managers.

1. General Information

For general information on Competency Standards: their purpose, how they are formatted, how to use them and download them for free, copyright issues, etc, please click here.

2. Number of Levels

The Competency Standards for Legal Assistants are set at just one level.

3. Content

The Competency Standards for Legal Assistants cover:

Application of Legal Knowledge
Business Awareness
Client Relations
Equipment Use
IT Skills
Practical Research
Professional Conduct
Self Awareness and Development
Working with Others
Workload Management
Writing Skills

4. Linked LPQ Legal Qualifications

For just GBP£195+ VAT you can potentially obtain a linked legal qualification: the LPQ Certificate in Legal Assistant Practice. For more information please click here.

5. The Standards Working Party

The Competency Standards for Legal Assistants have been created by the Institute with kind assistance from members of the Standards Working Party.

6. Wide Applicability

The Competency Standards for Legal Assistants are designed to be used by a wide variety of employers. They work for different types of employer (in-house, law firm etc.) different size of employer (sole practitioner to magic circle firm) and for different practice areas (litigation, IP, commercial, etc.).

7. Solicitors Regulation Authority Compliant

These Competency Standards have been vetted by the SRA for professional conduct compliance purposes.

8. Downloading your Copy

All the following documents are in .PDF format. You can choose another format for free by downloading them and then converting them online for free at or similar.

Competency Standards for Legal Assistants

9. Subscribe to Updates

Although you can download copies for free here in .PDF format you should consider taking out an annual subscription to the series relevant to you. Subscriptions cost GBP £70 + VAT per year, per series of standards.

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10. For More Information

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