The final article in my series on Free Web Resources was published a week ago in the May/June edition of the excellent Internet Newsletter for Lawyers over at www.infolaw.co.uk/newsletter - published every 2 months by Delia Venables and Nick Holmes both online and in print.
Scroll back through earlier blog entries here to find the previous articles focusing on resources for Family, Criminal and Civil Lawyers.
The Infolaw Newsletter is full of useful information for any technically minded lawyers, and also for those wanting to learn more about the use of the Internet for lawyers. The latest newsletter includes not only my own article about online resources for property lawyers, but there are also articles on the risks of social media use in the workplace, BAILII, cloud computing and the future of legal publishing.
For regular customers the article acts as an aide memoire or update on the latest free property law resources, but for those unfamiliar with our courses it gives you a flavour of the type of useful information that we offer in our accredited CPD training, to make your working life easier, and to ultimately save you time and money in your online legal research.
If you liked what you have read, then why not see our property courses, the 2011 Property Practitioner's Guides to the Internet - each accredited for 2 CPD hours by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors' Regulation Authority and suitable for ILEX CPD.
You may have seen my previous articles about "Free Web Resources for Criminal Lawyers" and "Free Web Resources for Family Lawyers" which appeared in earlier editions of the "Internet Newsletter for Lawyers". We at Legal Training have been thrilled to be involved with Nick Holmes and Delia Venables over at www.infolaw.co.uk, with their bi-monthly online and print newsletter. Our series of articles will culminate with a Property Resources article in the May edition.
The latest edition of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, launched earlier this week has an article I have written called "Free Web Resources for Civil Lawyers" which may be of interest to you. It includes information that you will find within our Civil Practitioner's Guides to the Internet, but without the bonus of our accredited CPD points. The article is a concise summary of some useful free internet resources for civil lawyers. Although one erratum, or more accurately corrigendum is that i-disease is actually a paid-for resource; I put my hands up to that one!
Do take a look - it's a useful mini-tour if you've never seen our Civil Practitioner's Guides, giving you a flavour of our courses. If you are familiar with our CPD courses, it could be an aide memoire of some of the best resources for you.
Our 2011 CPD courses have just been launched this week!
All of our courses are accredited by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors' Regulation Authority for between 1 and 3 CPD hours each, and are suitable for ILEX CPD as well.
Courses that you have already purchased remain accessible, and can be viewed in the "My Recent Courses" box when you login to your account, or under the "My Account" option.
Our popular, flexible online training continues to be a straightforward and simple way to complete your legal CPD. The ability to work at your own pace, dip in and out of the course material and study at your convenience is a real advantage when CPD needs to be completed alongside a busy legal practice.
Our courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with instant access to the course material and immediately available completion certificates upon successful completion of the multiple choice assessments.
As always, if you have any comments or questions, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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; 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 exactly 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 (e-mail address: email@example.com). 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 ILEX 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 do our best to assist.
You may have seen my article about "Free Web Resources for Family Lawyers" which appeared in the November/December edition of the "Internet Newsletter for Lawyers". Also mentioned here in one of our November 2010 blog entries. Nick Holmes and Delia Venables do an excellent job over at www.infolaw.co.uk, with their bi-monthly online and print newsletter, and we have been happy to contribute.
The latest edition of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers has an article I have written called "Free Web Resources for Criminal Lawyers" which may be of interest to you. It includes information that you will find within our Criminal Practitioner's Guides to the Internet, but without the bonus of our accredited CPD points. The article is a concise summary of some (but by no means all) of the most useful free internet sites for a criminal lawyer.
We were rather hampered by the government's revamp of their websites over New Year. Just as the newsletter was about to go to print, we discovered that the Probation Service website (formerly at http://www.probation.homeoffice.gov.uk) was being taken down on New Year's Day. So some last minute editing was in order. Hopefully that useful resource will resurface soon in 2011, as it had some excellent information contained within it.
Do take a look - it's a useful mini-tour if you've never seen our Criminal Practitioner's Guides, giving you a flavour of our courses. If you are familiar with our CPD courses, it could be a quick reminder of the best of the best websites for you!
Thank you for your continued custom in 2010, and we look forward to offering you more CPD in 2011.
For now, some important facts and figures for 2011.
We have kept our net prices the same for the 3rd year running! Our prices remain at their 2009 levels of just £15 per CPD hour (excluding VAT). With the VAT price rise in 2011 from 17.5% to 20%, we have decided to keep our basic hourly CPD rate the same. So a 1 hour CPD course still costs just £15, 2 hours cost £30 and 3 hours cost £45. A very competitive rate we are sure you will agree.
On top of that, we are continuing our incredibly popular 25% discount if you purchase 12 CPD hours or more. See our multi-buy discount page for more details. So 12 hours of CPD still only costs you £135, with VAT that is now £162 in total. It's still a bargain offer, and a simple way to obtain your 2011 CPD!
Barristers, you have until the end of January to submit your CPD record card to the Bar Standards Board. Can't remember which courses you did with us and when? Then take a look at the "My Account" section on our website. This gives you easy access to your list of purchased courses, completion certificates, invoices and of course your profile details.
With less than 5 days to go until the end of 2010, barristers and legal
executives will be turning their minds to the annual question of whether
or not they have completed all of their CPD for the year.
need to finish their 12 hours of CPD for 2010 by the time the clocks
strike 12 on New Year's Eve. Then you should submit your CPD record card
to the Bar Standards Board by the 31st January 2011.
To help, all the CPD Record Cards can be downloaded here from the BSB website. For New Practitioners, you need to complete your 45 hours within the first 3 years of practice, and your CPD Record Card can be downloaded here from the BSB website.
Legal Executives will find their CPD record keeping even easier, with the more technological "My ILEX" section of the ILEX website, which allows you to enter your CPD hours online. Members of ILEX must complete 12 hours of CPD, and Fellows must complete 16 hours of CPD each year.
Our online CPD training is the ideal solution for the end-of-year deadline!
Our courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with no closures for the Christmas and New Year period!
We offer easy online payment, online web-based training with no need to download software, simple to use courses, straightforward multiple-choice assessments and a printable certificate of completion and invoice when you finish the course.
www.legaltraining.co.uk offer one of the easiest and most straightforward ways of completing your CPD requirement for 2010!
If you find yourself snowed in, then why not take advantage of the enforced time at home and finish off your 2010 CPD hours? You have less than 2 weeks until the end of year deadline!
We have 4 inches of snow outside - perfect for building snowmen and sledging, not quite so ideal if you want to get anywhere! It's weather like this, that highlights just how flexible our online training can be. You don't need to travel anywhere, just turn on your computer and work online in the warmth and comfort of your home.
With our 24 hour availability, you don't need to be sitting at your computer at a particular time or day, to catch a lecture or seminar online, just work when it suits you. CPD hours with LegalTraining are amongst the most flexible around, as you don't even need to work all in one sitting, you can dip in and out of the course material, stopping to have a cup of tea, decorate the Christmas tree or spread the training over several days if that suits you better.
Our training is available throughout the festive period, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, right up to the deadline (and beyond). The process is automated throughout with online registration, easy online credit or debit card payment, web-based course material and assessment, with immediate results, so you can really work at your convenience.
Our online completion certificate, which you can print out and add to your CPD record card, becomes available instantly upon successful completion of the multiple choice assessment. For barristers, we also send an e-mail to the Bar Standards Board, confirming the hours that you have completed.
As you may have seen, we advertise on Google to promote our online training courses and website. Google Adwords (as their advertising arm is known) has just celebrated its 10th birthday, and so sent a promotional thank you to its customers.
We rather liked this:
Not sure how much that would cost per click!?!
If you want to see the video that this picture is from, you can find it here - gently amusing, and a bit of fun in the middle of a cold winter's day!
If you are stuck indoors with miserable weather outside, then why not finish off those 2010 CPD hours? There's just over 2 weeks left before the end of year deadline for barristers and legal executives.
Our courses are available, as always, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even over the Christmas/New Year period. So whether you're working during the day or by the light of the moon, you can get your hours finished in good time before the 31st December deadline.
This course aims to equip you with the basics about social media, it goes on to deal with the ways that social media has been, and could be used in evidence, and also some of the procedural benefits that social media can bring to legal proceedings.
This course is designed for all barristers, solicitors and legal executives, from beginners who know little to nothing about social media, to the more advanced internet users.
This is a course about the use of social media in Court, not about using social media for marketing. It is accredited by the Bar Standards Board, Solicitors' Regulation Authority (reference: DKR/AMLT), and suitable for ILEX CPD.
So if you need a guide through the social media minefield, and want to understand how the Courts have approached evidence from social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs, forums and the like), then this 1 hour CPD course could be the answer.
With 1 hour's accredited online CPD for just £15 + VAT, this could be an easy answer to finishing off your 2010 hours (for barristers and legal executives) or could get the ball rolling for 2011.