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by Legal Training - Friday, 1 January 2016, 12:46 AM
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by Legal Training - Wednesday, 30 December 2015, 12:54 PM

Our courses are still available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Simply buy however many hours you need to finish off your CPD requirement for this year.

Barristers will be pleased to know that all of our courses (with the exception of the 2015 Conveyancing Update) are accredited by the Bar Standards Board for their CPD scheme. Our CPD provider number is 1068 and appears on the completion certificate at the end of the course.

If we can help with any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are answering the phones from 9am until 6pm today and tomorrow, as well as dealing with email queries until 8pm (even on New Year's Eve). We also have a live chat window on the website - do type us a quick question if you need to.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a smooth last few hours of CPD.

 
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by Legal Training - Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 11:01 AM

Our courses are available all day every day, throughout the year, including over the festive period.

Barristers needing to complete their CPD hours by midnight on 31st December 2015 can do so simply with our online courses.

If you need to contact us for whatever reason, then our festive opening hours for 2015 are available in the box below:

E-mail: help@legaltraining.co.uk

Telephone: 0207 5588247

Instant Chat Window: whenever visible on the website

Christmas Contact Hours

 
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by Legal Training - Friday, 30 October 2015, 2:17 PM

With the final day for solicitors to complete their CPD falling on a Saturday this year we thought we'd clarify our contact hours if you need to get hold of us.

Our courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online.

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If you need help or advice please contact us:

Telephone: 0207 5588247

Email: help@legaltraining.co.uk

Live Chat: on the website

 
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by Legal Training - Thursday, 29 October 2015, 4:24 PM

Longstanding customers will notice a change to the emails that you receive from us now. Historically, when you have purchased courses, we have sent a separate enrolment email for each course, as well as a notification of payment email; this often resulted in customers receiving a large number of emails, particularly if they were registering as a new customer.Fewer emails

We have now combined the receipt and enrolments all into one email, so you will receive a single email, no matter how many courses you have purchased titled "Legal Training Order Confirmation". We hope that this simplifies things for our customers and removes some of the clutter from your inbox.

We are always looking to improve the experience for our customers, so if you have any feedback, please do let us know, simply send us an email to: help@legaltraining.co.uk

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by Legal Training - Wednesday, 28 October 2015, 12:45 PM

Many thanks to all of our customers for bearing with us over the last 2 days.

Unfortunately we have been struggling with server problems, which caused intermittent service and ultimately took the website down for several hours today (28th October). We have been working frantically behind the scenes to get the website back up and running and have moved to a new website hosting service, which will hopefully avoid a repeat of these difficulties. There may be some initial teething troubles as the website settles into its new home, but rest assured that we are working hard to get it running smoothly.

As far as we can tell things are working well now, but if you are experiencing any difficulties in accessing your courses or purchasing new courses then please do get in touch, either by email to help@legaltraining.co.uk or by calling our helpline on 0207 5588 247. We will be happy to help. We can send PDF copies of courses for you to work from if that is of assistance to you.

Please keep us informed of any issues.

Thank you for your patience (ours has been sorely tested over the last few days)!

Amanda Millmore

 
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by Legal Training - Thursday, 22 October 2015, 10:54 AM

There are just 7 working days until the end of the CPD year for solicitors. With 31st October falling on a Saturday this year, time is flying by. Of course, it makes no difference to solicitors completing their CPD with us, as you can access your training whenever and wherever you wish, when it is convenient to you, without being chained to a desk, or travelling to a hotel or conference.

This year the SRA have removed the requirement of face-to-face training, so you can happily complete all of your 16 hours online with us if you wish.

We hope that you will find our selection of courses of interest:

  • We have a large range of helpful Property courses, covering everything from conveyancing to planning, residential service charges and problems with property contracts.
  • Our Civil Law courses bring you up to date with the latest changes in contract law, private client work, civil litigation and costs.
  • We also have our selection of Family LawCriminal Law and a collection of General courses suitable for all lawyers.

Why not get started now?

We also offer a 25% discount for purchases of 12 hours of CPD or more.

 

The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted the Law Society's latest practice note (17th September 2015) in relation to their CPD/Continuing Competence schemes. It doesn't really tell you anything new that hasn't been covered elsewhere in SRA documents (or the FAQ of our website). It is set out very clearly, and emphasises the key points:

1) Solicitors can choose whether to move over to the Continuing Competence regime or stick with CPD for the moment.

2) On 1st November 2016 all solicitors will need to move over to the Continuing Competence framework.

3) The SRA no longer accredits training and has removed the requirement for accredited training (whether under the old CPD scheme or the new Continuing Competence framework).

4) For those still completing their 16 hours of CPD this year and next, there is no longer a 4 hour face-to-face requirement - you can complete all of your CPD online if you wish.

For more details, check the link here: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/advice/practice-notes/continuing-professional-development

All of the training here at www.legaltraining.co.uk is suitable for either the CPD scheme or the Continuing Competence framework.

If you need to do all 16 hours of CPD you can take advantage of our 25% off multiple purchase discount.

 
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by Legal Training - Thursday, 4 June 2015, 2:28 PM

This is a quick post to point out that the Bar Standards Board have now launched their consultation in relation to CPD. You can find the details on their website here (click to download the PDF).

The gist of the proposal is to adopt a similar approach to the Solicitors' Regulation Authority by scrapping the mandatory hours requirement for CPD and moving towards a more flexible continuing competence.

The consultation closes on 2nd September 2015. So giving you plenty of time to read, inwardly digest and respond.

We'll update as and when further information becomes available.

Our straightforward online CPD courses remain a popular way to undertake professional development training to maintain your professional competence, whether you're adopting an hours-based approach or not. For the time being, our courses are all accredited by the BSB for their 2015 CPD year, and will help you to fulfil your 12 hour requirement (or more if you are a New Practitioner). Our BSB accredited provider number is 1068.

 

The SRA has today (1st April 2015) published details of their new approach to continuing competence, along with the long-awaited toolkit. There is a useful summary from the SRA published here.

Today marks the start of the new approach for some solicitors, but it doesn't mean that  CPD is obsolete, far from it in fact. CPD remains a vital part of a solicitor's continuing competence, but the simplicity of the "16 hours fits all" approach has gone, in favour of a more reflective approach. The key is that to remain competent you need to meet Principle 5 of the SRA Code of Conduct and that you must deliver a proper standard of service (this principle will be edited to include the fact that you must ensure that you meet the competencies in the competence statement).

NB. The SRA have said that they do not require solicitors to notify them that they will be adopting the new approach.

The new approach requires solicitors to:

  • Reflect on your practice - identify your learning and development needs.

  • Plan your learning and development.

  • Address your learning and development needs - formal CPD training such as our online courses are a good way to meet those learning and development needs, whether it is by way of an update to the law course, a guide to an area that you are unfamiliar with, or brushing up your IT skills.

  • Record & Evaluate your learning and development activity - our course completion certificates assist you to record your completed activities. We welcome feedback as part of your evaluation.

Do I need to do CPD?

Very simply YES! Whichever scheme you are following, you still need to undertake CPD.

If you are continuing under the existing CPD arrangements, then you need to complete 16 hours of CPD in the 2014/2015 CPD year (to 31st October 2015) and in the 2015/2016 CPD year. You will need to complete a declaration that you have met the current CPD requirements.

If you are adopting the “new approach” from 1st April 2015 then you might find the SRA's toolkit is helpful. You should of course be doing CPD training throughout the year to ensure your continuing competence, if this is in accordance with your reflection and planning of learning and development needs, and as part of the process to address those needs.

How many hours of CPD do I need to do in the 2014/2015 CPD year?

Existing arrangements - at least 16 hours.

However, the SRA have removed the concept of accredited training, so you can do any courses. You will find that our easy to use, online courses are a straightforward and informative way to complete your 16 hours this year.

New approach (from 1st April 2015): there is no minimum number of CPD hours specified. The SRA have said that there is no need to pro rate any hours prior to 1st April 2015.

Instead you must consider your learning and development needs and take measures to maintain your competence. You will need to complete a declaration as part of the practising certificate renewal exercise, confirming that you have considered and addressed your training needs.

Important things to check if you are following the new approach:

  • Professional indemnity insurance policy or speak to your insurer. What do they expect or require from you in relation to training, in order to ensure that you have maintained an appropriate level of competence?

  • Law Society Panel membership/membership of professional organisations. Do they have a requirement as to ongoing training, minimum requirements, training in particular areas of practice? Ensure that you are meeting those requirements when you plan your learning and development needs.

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