You have probably seen our very popular 2 CPD hour course "Autism Awareness for Legal Professionals" which is designed to highlight the particular difficulties faced by people who have an autism spectrum disorder, and to offer legal professionals some insight and understanding into those issues. In addition to helping you to identify the relevant behaviours which can affect those with autism, the course offers practical strategies for dealing with people with autism. Plus it's accredited for 2 CPD hours!
We are now featured on the website for Autism & the Criminal Justice System, which is an excellent website from the Autism & CJS network aiming to promote and facilitate research-based knowledge between professionals in the CJS, specialist psychologists, charities, policy makers and intermediaries. The website contains a range of literature and research in this area. It is well worth your time, particularly should you find yourself with a client with autism or perhaps a victim or witness who is on the spectrum.
Finally, a plea for London-based barristers. Dr. Laura Crane is undertaking research about eliciting best evidence from child witnesses (both those with autism and those without) and is in need of some practising barristers who could come and cross-examine some children in their schools as part of the project. This is paid work (probably more lucrative than your average day in the Crown Court at the moment) but more importantly you would be helping to improve research in this area and ultimately helping to shape best practice for the future. For more details see the "Making it fair for child witnesses" website. You can find Laura on Twitter: @LauraMayCrane.
Our property law courses have proved to be incredibly popular with customers, so we are thrilled to have been able to invite property expert Richard Quenby to provide us with more courses for 2014.
In addition to the 2014 Updates in all of your favourite property topics (Conveyancing, Residential Landlord & Tenant, Commercial Landlord & Tenant), Richard has updated the Neighbour and Boundary Dispute Guides with the latest law for 2014.
This March we are excited to be able to offer you 2 brand new property course subjects:
2014 Guide to Problems with Property Contracts (2 CPD hours)
Richard's clear and easy to read style, coupled with his incisive, up to date commentary make these courses a must for property practitioners, and family lawyers may also be interested in the Co-ownership course as it overlaps significantly with many of their areas of work.
Our prices have been held at last year's rate of just £16 + VAT per CPD hour, and our discount offer still applies, whereby if you purchase 12 or more hours of CPD, we reduce the price by 25%, bringing it down to just £12 + VAT - a price that's hard to beat for such flexible training.
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The latest is Best of the Legal Web - practice areas, focusing on some of the most useful website resources for the professional lawyer, but which are all equally relevant for law students. The article covers a handful of (what are in my opinion at least) the best websites in criminal, family, property law and general civil law practice areas.
Do take a look. The content comprises extracts from our popular "Practitioner's Guides to the Internet" CPD courses which are available in all 4 of those practice areas and which range from 2 to 3 CPD hours. All available online and ready for you to take. Our 2014 courses have been accredited by the Bar Standards Board for their 2014 CPD scheme, and solicitors can take our accredited CPD training as part of their distance learning hours (SRA reference: DKR/AMLT). This means that chartered legal executives will find that our CPD meets the requirements of their CILEx CPD scheme. Also, our property and general courses are accredited by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.
Our full 2014 course list is available here.
The turkey is almost gone, and the New Year celebrations are looming, but if you've still got CPD outstanding, then you might be wondering how you're going to fit everything in.
Our online CPD may well be the perfect solution to your dilemma. Straightforward CPD provided wholly online from start to finish, with built-in flexibility to enable the user to stop, start, re-read and use as they wish. Flexible enough to be completed whenever suits you. Our accredited CPD courses are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All of the courses currently available on our website are accredited by the Bar Standards Board for 2013, so you can easily finish off your CPD for this year.
You can get started right now, simply register, put the courses in the basket, pay online and you gain instant access to the courses. Simple, easy to use and effective CPD.
Unlike many other CPD providers, there is no delay waiting for us to process your application, or any wait for your end of course assessment to be marked. It's all done instantly online - you get instant access to the course material and after doing the assessment, you get your results straight away; upon successful completion of the course you can access your completion certificate immediately.
We have a range of courses, lasting from 1 hour to 3 hours, as well as a multiple purchase discount offer, enabling you to buy 12 hours of CPD for the price of 9 (a 25% discount) - perfect if you wish to take some CPD courses in this CPD year, and others in the next (for barristers, we will automatically update any uncompleted courses on 1st January to the new 2014 versions, so that you can complete them in the 2014 CPD year).
View our range of courses now.
If you need help: we are answering telephone & email queries every day until the end of the year from 9am to 8pm (including Sunday 29th December) - see our "Contact Us" page for details.
We always encourage our customers to email us with queries so that the correct person can deal with the enquiry - email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We endeavour to respond to e-mail queries within an hour during business hours (and often outside those hours as well - including weekends).
Our telephone support is also available on 0207 5588247 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, but especially at busy times (such as December with the CPD deadline for barristers looming) we may not be able to take your call instantly, and so would ask you to leave us a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
We are currently trialling a "live support chat" option to help customers with queries. This is a quick and easy method to get help from us - simply click on the "Can we help?" tab in the bottom right of the screen, then type your question and we will do our best to help. You will be chatting online with a real person and we hope that this will help us to resolve those quick questions which you need answered swiftly. We won't be running the chat all of the time but if the "Can we help?" tab is visible then we should be able to help you.
It's always worth checking out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab (under the Help tab) which has the answers to the most common questions.
We hope that we can help you during this busy CPD season.
This is a very quick update. In the light of the last blog post, there have also been changes to the requirements for CPD providers to notify the Bar Standards Board with details of those who have successfully completed CPD training.
Historically we have always sent a confirmation email to the BSB (copied to our barrister customers) confirming the successful completion of any of our accredited CPD courses. This was part of our requirement to notify the BSB. This year the BSB have changed their rules for barristers, who are no longer required to submit CPD record cards, and in line with this lighter touch towards CPD regulation, the BSB no longer require accredited CPD providers to submit details of course attendees (or in our case as an online CPD provider, details of barristers who have successfully completed the short multiple choice assessment for each course). As a result we will no longer be sending the BSB the "Succesful completion of CPD" notification emails, so don't panic when you don't receive this email any more.
We still retain records of all CPD completed should there be any query or question.
Of course, you should print out a copy of your course completion certificate to attach to your CPD record card, should the BSB require you to submit it. Bear in mind you can always access past completion certificates by clicking on the "My Account" tab when you are logged in to the website. We are always happy to confirm details of successful completion of courses or check our records if you are unsure of which courses you have completed - just drop us an email to: email@example.com
Any questions - please do get in touch.
Spotted on Twitter this morning was the news that the BSB have relaxed one part of their CPD regulation for barristers. They have dropped the requirement to submit the completed CPD record card to the BSB - the annual scramble to produce this for the 31st January will be relaxed.
What does this mean for you though?
In reality the only change is that you no longer have to submit your record card to the BSB unless they request it as part of their spot-checks. BUT you still need to:
So no changes to the hours, deadline or recording requirement, just a change to what you do with the record card.
This public service announcement is now over! Our online accredited CPD however is not, and you can continue to access it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - flexible, affordable, straightforward and very convenient CPD when you need it. Perfect for finishing off those last few CPD hours for 2013!
Get started with our online CPD by clicking here.
There may only be a handful of hours left for solicitors and licensed conveyancers to complete this year's CPD, but there is still plenty of time if you use www.legaltraining.co.uk. Whether you need 1 hour or many, our easy to use pay as you go system allows you to buy the number of hours CPD you require, without the hassle of subscriptions or memberships to worry about.
At this stage of the CPD year you need access to your courses quickly. With our secure online payments system, you can quickly and safely add the courses you need to your shopping basket, pay by credit or debit card and be getting started in a few minutes.
We are an accredited distance learning provider for the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA Reference: DKR/AMLT), an accredited CPD provider for the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, as well as an accredited provider for the Bar Standards Board; this makes all of our courses suitable for CILEx CPD as well.
With a range of interesting online courses you can get started as soon as you wish.
Do get in touch if we can help in any way. At this busy time of year, email is the simplest way as our phone lines do get busy, but you can always give us a call on 0207 5588 247. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barristers of course have until 31st December to complete their CPD - another 2 months! The deadline for Chartered Legal Executives is now 30th September.
Lucy Series, who is the author of our very popular "Introduction to the Mental Capacity Act 2005" course (1 CPD hour), writes a fascinating blog at thesmallplaces.blogspot.co.uk. With the Supreme Court decision in the key Cheshire case due to be heard on the 21st & 22nd October, she has written a Beginner's Guide to the Cheshire case here.
You can follow the progress of the cases on Supreme Court TV or see the documentation side of things via the links below from the Supreme Court's website:
This is a critically important case about the deprivation of liberty safeguards. I'd urge you to read Lucy's excellent blog post on the subject.