Our popular Court Search app is new and improved for 2013.
Firstly, in addition to the existing iPad/iPhone version and its parallel version for Android phones, we are now able to offer Court Search on Blackberry devices as well.
All versions have been updated to include car parking details near to each Court, as well as the usual features of contact details, addresses, maps and where possible Court listings. The new car parking information should make it even easier for you to get to Court. With our straightforward interface, all of the crucial information is at your fingertips on your phone or mobile device.
We have also rolled out even more features on our iPad/iPhone app. New for 2013 is the inclusion of Tribunals as well as Courts in England and Wales, with details of Upper Tribunal locations and listings where they are available. Plus an exclusive offer for iPad/iPhone customers; £5 off your first purchase of CPD with us at Legal Training if you are a newly registered user on our website, using the special offer link from the app.
Costing only £1.99 Court Search is the must-have app for any busy legal professional.
At this time of year, with barristers needing to complete their CPD Record Card for the Bar Standards Board by the 31st January, we often get a lot of queries about which courses people have completed over the last year or where they can find their completion certificates?
So, here is a simple guide to make life that little bit easier for you.
Once you have successfully completed the assessment for each course, you can access a Completion Certificate on our website, which you can print out for your records, and for submitting to your regulatory body.
One way to do this is to click on the certificate icon in the "My Recent Courses" box on your personalised homepage (you need to be logged in); the image shows you where you can click to be taken directly to the certificate.
Alternatively, you can find a complete list of certificates in the "My Account" section.
The Main Menu box is located on the left hand side of your personalised home page. At the bottom of the list, you can find the "My Account" option, which takes you to your list containing your profile details, registered courses, invoices and certificates, as well as any vouchers that you have earned for referring a friend to us.
Once you click on "My Account" you can use the tabs to choose which option you wish to view. If you are looking for a complete record of your certificates, then click on the "Certificates" tab under "My Account".
This tab shows you all of your Completion Certificates at a glance, so you can see the date when you successfully completed each course's assessment. Click on each course title to see the certificate for that course and you can then print it out for your records.
Check your e-mail inbox for a message from us on the date that you completed the course (sender's e-mail address will be either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com depending upon when you completed the course). The e-mail will be entitled "Course completion confirmation", and it contains a link taking you directly to the certificate for that particular course (you will need to login to our website).
We hope that this simplifies the process for you.
Rest assured that we also send an e-mail directly to the Bar Standards Board confirming successful completion of your CPD hours. The Solicitors' Regulation Authority and CILEx don't require this of us.
If you have any questions or queries that are not answered here, then please do get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.Tweet
We would like to wish all of our customers a very Happy New Year! We've been pleased to be able to help a record number of people complete their CPD last year, so would like to thank you all for your custom in 2012.
Our 2013 courses are now available on the website.
A quick reminder for barristers - the 2012 courses are only accredited by the Bar Standards Board for your 2012 CPD. If you need 2013 CPD then you will need to purchase our 2013 courses. For any barristers who have 2012 CPD courses for which you have not yet completed the assessment, we will be automatically transferring you over to the 2013 equivalent course in the next few days. This is to ensure that you are undertaking the most up to date and accredited training. Please send us an e-mail to email@example.com if we can help with this.
The accreditation for solicitors and chartered legal executives is more flexible, so your 2012 CPD courses are still validly accredited online distance learning in 2013.
We hope that our CPD has provided a flexible and simple way of completing your CPD this festive period, and look forward to offering you more interesting online CPD in 2013.
Here at LegalTraining we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
Our courses continue to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including throughout the entire festive period. All of our courses are fully accredited CPD for the Bar Standards Board and CILEx and are easy to use, online training for finishing off those 2012 hours.
Should you need help, then we are answering e-mails from 8am to 8pm every day and do our best to respond within an hour - simply send your e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As it is the end of the CPD year for barristers and legal executives, we are exceptionally busy, so please bear with us if we can't get to the phone instantly. We have voicemail, so please leave us a message, and we will get back to you as soon as we can, or drop us an e-mail.
In a helpful reminder from the Bar Standards Board, their website carries a summary of the important CPD dates for barristers. In case you're not aware, the Bar Standards Board requires all barristers to complete their CPD for 2012 by the end of the calendar year on 31st December 2012. You then need to return your CPD record card to them by 31st January 2013. If you fail to adhere to either of these rules you risk facing a £300 fine. You can return your completed record card by e-mail to email@example.com. BSB record cards can be downloaded from the BSB website (click here to go direct to the links).
No need to worry if you still need some or all of your CPD hours for 2012 though, as although there are no "in real life" upcoming accredited CPD events listed on the BSB's CPD database, you will notice that our accredited CPD courses are available all year round online - simply click on the "Online Courses" heading on the BSB's CPD Database and you'll find us.
It's at this time of year that online CPD training really comes into its own, with the weather taking a turn for the worse, and there being a real lack of CPD events to attend in person. If you need to fit in your CPD training amongst the carol services, Christmas parties, children's nativity plays, not to mention the last minute Christmas shopping, then we have the perfect solution. Simple to use, straightforward, interesting and informative online CPD from LegalTraining, all accredited by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors' Regulation Authority and suitable for CILEx.
Easy to access, flexible online training at your fingertips.
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The excellent Internet Newsletter for Lawyers has an added bonus this issue, in that you can access the newsletter online for free. This is well worth a look, if you have any interest in the use of the internet in the law and for lawyers. The November/December 2012 issue includes another article from me on the topic of Social Media. Rather than focusing on marketing, the article looks at the ways in which social media is being used in the Courts as a source of evidence, and as a procedural tool. This article is something of a teaser for the CPD course of the same name “Social Media as a Legal Tool” which is accredited for 1 CPD hour. The course is kept constantly up to date, which is quite a task with the fast-changing whirlwind that is social media. Since the article was submitted for publication, things have moved on considerably, with more convictions (and prison sentences) for ill-advised messages on Facebook and Twitter. With people receiving vastly different sentences for almost exactly the same offence, there is clearly something going wrong; compare the case of Sam Busby and that of Matthew Woods. On the other hand, you have people illegally disclosing the identity of a rape victim on Twitter (in the case of the convicted footballer Ched Evans) receiving merely financial penalties (which is all the law allows for that offence – s.5 Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992), it does seem rather incongruous.
The battle between free speech on social media and the reactions (or is it over-reactions) of the CPS and Courts is the focus of much comment. The DPP has been consulting and seeking a wide range of views on this topic, to try to update the CPS approach. Currently many charges and convictions are being brought under the Communications Act 2003, which pre-dates many social media platforms (most notably Twitter) and it does jar somewhat that prosecutions are being brought by an Act which had not envisaged the means of communication in question. There needs to be something done to bring cohesion to this area of the law.
Why not take a look at my article on the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, and if it piques your interest, you may well enjoy the companion course – what better way to finish off your 2012 CPD!Tweet
It's the last day of October now - meaning less than 24 hours for solicitors to complete their CPD for the 2011/2012 CPD year.
Have you finished all of your hours?
Our straightforward online courses are one of the easiest ways to undertake your CPD. All accredited by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (Reference: DKR/AMLT) our distance learning online training is easy to access, convenient and cost-effective.
Simply, register as a user, pick your courses, pay online by credit or debit card using our secure payment facility, read the course material, complete the short multiple choice assessment at the end and you are finished.
The beauty of the courses here at LegalTraining, is that you can stop and start them whenever you wish, no need to wait for a particular time slot, and you don't even need to do them all in one go, you can work at your own pace when it suits you. With flexible online CPD training, you can easily work from home, from your office, even on holiday; wherever you have access to the internet.
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Have you seen the Law Society's CPD Centre website - where you can register for free and record your CPD online using their system, as well as search for relevant training courses. Once you have registered, you can use the system to assess your training needs, and track your training.
As an accredited CPD provider for the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (reference DKR/AMLT), you will find all of our accredited CPD courses listed on the CPD Centre - they are easy to find and add to your CPD record. Almost as easy as doing your courses online with us!
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Launched earlier this week, the new www.gov.uk website is the latest government website. Gov.uk has replaced both the DirectGov and Business Link websites, which were full of useful information. Not all of the information has survived the move across to the new Gov.uk portal, so if you need help in trying to locate things, you may well find our General & Government websites courses helpful.
The General & Government websites courses are the first in the series of Practitioner's Guides to the Internet for each of our practice areas, Family, Criminal, Property and Civil. These courses act as a guide to useful online sources and resources for legal practitioners, tailored to their specific practice area. Each of these courses attracts 2 hours of CPD, accredited by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board. These popular courses have all been rewritten to provide you with the most up to date information, so all reflect the changes since the launch of www.gov.uk on the 17th October 2012.
The plan appears to be for all government websites to gradually be merged under the Gov.uk umbrella (rather like the www.justice.gov.uk merger of various websites in 2011), and this will be taking place in batches, with a final date of 2014 when all government departments will be located somewhere in the Inside Government section of www.gov.uk. The plan for which departments will be merged and when is not yet clear, but we will be watching closely, to ensure that we can keep you up to date in our courses. It looks like the 2013 courses will have some enormous changes on the horizon.
Why not keep up to date with the latest government website contents and earn CPD points at the same time with our easy to use online, accredited CPD training?
Our website is currently undergoing a major upgrade. We are working hard to ensure that your experience as a user is not affected, and ultimately it will be improved. In the meantime, if you do experience any little glitches whilst using the website, please bear with us, and feel free to let us know if you have any particular problems.
E-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the details.