In the manner of a public service announcement, we would like to draw your attention to the position regarding Bar Standards Board accreditation of our courses.
Our 2010 and 2011 courses are all accredited for the 2011 CPD year by the Bar Standards Board.
From January, only our 2012 courses will be accredited for the 2012 CPD year (with no crossover for 2011 courses).
How does this affect you?
If you need to complete your 2011 CPD hours, then you should do so before the end of 31st December 2011. From 1st January 2012 we will be launching our 2012 courses, and you will no longer be able to purchase 2011 courses (as they will not have accreditation for 2012).
Here is where we can help though... if you have any 2011 courses leftover, and uncompleted (ie. you haven't successfully passed the multiple choice assessment) on the 1st January 2012 we will automatically upgrade them to their 2012 course equivalent. This means that you are free to purchase our multi-buy discount of 12 hours for the price of 9, safe in the knowledge that we will upgrade any outstanding 2011 courses into 2012 courses for you.
We hope that this helps you when you are completing your 2011 CPD
It seems that Christmas has come around quicker than ever this year, and it's time to dust off the decorations ready to decorate your Christmas tree. Unfortunately for barristers and legal executives this also means that the end of the 2011 CPD year is creeping ever closer.
For legal executives you need to complete your 2011 CPD requirement and record it in the My ILEX online system by 31st December 2011, although the ILEX website does mention an extension until 6th January 2012 (presumably for recording the CPD rather than completing it).
Barristers also have until the 31st December 2011 to complete their 2011 CPD requirement. It is worth remembering that the Bar Standards Board office is usually closed from Christmas until a few days into the New Year, so if you have any queries for them, it is worth asking early.
Here at www.legaltraining.co.uk our courses are available all day and all night every day of the year. The beauty of online courses like ours is that you can register, pay, enrol and complete the courses online when it suits you! No need for you to be available in a conference room for a seminar, or sitting at your computer at the precise moment that a webinar is broadcast, you can take our courses when your timescales permit and you can stop and start the courses to suit your needs. Just make sure that you successfully complete the multiple choice assessment at the end of the course, to obtain your CPD hours.
Why not get ahead and finish off your 2011 CPD now? Or if you have 12 hours still to undertake, then why not take advantage of our multi-buy discount, where you will receive a 25% discount for purchasing 12 hours, that's just £11.25 (+ VAT) per CPD hour.
Remember, Remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot!
Well, if it's the 5th of November, then that means that you have just 7 weeks until Christmas (and yes, I double-checked) which means only 8 weeks for barristers and legal executives to complete their 2011 CPD hours. Whilst solicitors sigh with relief that another CPD year is over, other members of the legal profession need to crack on with finishing off their CPD hours to avoid the Christmas panic.
With our easy to use online CPD available all day every day, it is easy to find the time to finish off those last few hours of CPD, and with our range of updated courses, you can bring yourself up to date with current resources and information.
For those of you who need more than the odd hour, our multi-buy discount offers a 25% discount on our already low prices, bringing the price down to just £11.25 + VAT per CPD hour.
Yesterday (25th October) the Bar Standards Board issued updated guidance in relation to first tier complaints handling.
The guidance updated their previous Code Guidance (last updated in 2010) to Chambers in developing complaint procedures, but in particular it focuses upon the obligation to notify clients of their right to complain. This obligation is contained in Annexe S, paragraph 1 of the Code of Conduct, but until recently could be satisfied by requesting the professional client to pass on details of Chambers' complaints procedures. This is no longer the case. The guidance has been approved by the Legal Services Board and sets out how the BSB will monitor compliance.
There remains a clear obligation to notify the lay client directly, and the guidance sets out the ways that this can be done, but also emphasises that this can be discharged by getting positive agreement from professional clients who regularly instruct Chambers to pass on the complaints information to lay clients, at regular and reasonable intervals.
Feeling confused? Our 2011 Guide to Chambers' Complaints Handling course has been fully updated to take into account this guidance and contains a detailed section on the client notification requirement in the light of the guidance. The whole course has been updated to reflect the latest October 2011 Code Guidance.
At just £15 + VAT for 1 hour of accredited CPD, it's a bargain for barristers, clerks or Chambers' practice managers to remain up to date with the latest guidance.
The Court of Appeal handed down their judgment in the appeals of R v Blackshaw & Others  EWCA Crim 2312 today, following appeal hearings in September.
The promptness of the judgment becoming available on the www.judiciary.gov.uk website is to be welcomed as lawyers and commentators waited in anticipation of the outcome. It is to be hoped that the quick appearance of the full judgment (as well as an excellent summary) will prevent too many myths and misquotes appearing in the media as to what was said by Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice. There have been far too many occasions recently where misreporting has occurred, and there is no excuse when the judgment is so easily accessible and written in such clear language.
In brief, the appeals were dismissed for those appealing sentences for inciting riots on Facebook and for burglary, whereas those who appealed sentences for handling stolen goods had their appeals allowed to the extent that their sentences of imprisonment were reduced.
The final paragraph offers a vote of thanks to all those involved in the Court process in ensuring the efficient administration of justice during the time of the riots.
Excellent commentary upon this judgment can be found on the Law & Lawyers blog of Obiter J (take note of the "Community Statements") and through Crimeline who were hot off the press with their comments via their free email updating service. Always worth following on Twitter @obiterj and @crimedaily.
Our Social Media as a Legal Tool CPD course has already been updated to take into account this important Court of Appeal decision, keeping you up to date in this area. Not bad for a bargain £15 + VAT for 1 hour of CPD accredited by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and suitable for ILEX.
The weather has definitely taken a turn towards autumn; a stark reminder for all lawyers that their CPD year is coming to an end....again!
Whilst barristers and legal executives have until New Year's Eve to complete their CPD for 2011, solicitors have just 3 weeks to go until the end of their CPD year. 3 weeks to complete any outstanding CPD can be a daunting deadline if you are looking for seminars and conferences that fit around your busy autumn schedule, but this is where online CPD training comes to the fore. The weather may be gloomy outside, but you needn't leave your desk to finish off this year's CPD with www.legaltraining.co.uk! Our easily accessible online CPD training can be completed entirely at your computer, from the quick registration through to the multiple choice assessment at the end.
Accredited by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (reference DKR/AMLT) as well as the Bar Standards Board, our online training could well be the answer to your CPD dilemma.
We offer a no quibble money-back guarantee, so there is no risk to trying our CPD for yourself - if it's not suitable, simply contact us (before you complete the assessment) for a full refund.
Why not get started now? You don't have to finish all of the hours in one session, you can use the courses flexibly, working as and when it suits you and your workload.
The September/October issue of the excellent Internet Newsletter for Lawyers can now be found here, and you can see my latest article on the front page. The article considers the impact of social media in the legal system in the light of the riots which occurred over the summer, and sweeps over some of the other evidential and procedural uses for social media.
The article is expanded upon in our accredited CPD course "Social Media as a Legal Tool" which is worth 1 CPD hour and (like all of our training) is accredited by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors' Regulation Authority, and is suitable for ILEX CPD. Click here to buy.
Yesterday the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) published their first annual report.
Far from being a dry read, it is actually rather interesting, and Chief Ombudsman Adam Sampson has illustrated his section of the report with lots of case studies to illustrate the type of complaints which reach their door, and how they have resolved them for the complainants. It could be a useful read for any member of the legal profession to learn from the mistakes of others, not just in dealing with their clients and pinpointing what may give rise to complaints, but also to see how best to handle a complaint when it has been made.
The work of LeO is covered in some detail in our course 2011 Guide to Chambers' Complaints Handling, which takes you through the complaints handling process for both barristers and Chambers. A snip at only £15 + VAT this course summarises the position for the Bar, and even if you have undertaken Complaints Handling training before, the changes brought about by LeO in October last year changed the landscape considerably and are dealt with in the course.
An easy way to obtain 1 accredited CPD point at your convenience, with our straightforward online training. Buy now - click here!
As you are probably aware, the Bar Standards Board (and the Solicitors' Regulation Authority and ILEX) are considering their position in relation to CPD. The Working Group for the Bar Standards Board, headed by Derek Wood QC has now reported, and you can download a PDF of their detailed report here.
If time is of the essence, you may find the 2 page summary of the proposed new scheme of interest, download a PDF here. Essentially the plan is to have 24 hours CPD a year from January 2013, with at least 12 of those being "verifiable". The concept of BSB accreditation will fall by the wayside, but online courses like ours (which are currently accredited by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors' Regulation Authority) would count as verifiable CPD.
It makes interesting reading, and is currently the subject of consultation for 3 months from June.