Court Search is a fantastic new App for your Android phone, which gives you access to details of every Court in England and Wales. Just choose the Court name to get it's full details;
An invaluable application for any Barrister, Solicitor or Legal Executive to have on their phone. Available now to download from the Android Market.
Search for "Court Search" in the Android Market
Click on market://details?id=com.milliesoft.courtsearch on your phone
Scan this 2D barcode with a barcode scanner on your phone
This data is used under the Open Government Licence (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/) with data from HMCS (http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/).
The Bar Council issued a reminder to barristers today about the changes to the complaints handling rules since the 6th October 2010. They highlighted the fact that barristers and Chambers can no longer pass the buck to solicitors regarding notifying the lay client as to how to complain and who to complain to. Since 6th October 2010 (when the Legal Ombudsman's regime began) barristers and Chambers now have an obligation to notify the lay client directly. This news article highlighted the difficulties that may arise, and promises guidance will be forthcoming, whilst reminding everyone of the requirements in Annexe S of the Code of Conduct.
Feeling a little bamboozled by all the changes for the Bar in relation to complaints handling? Not really sure what your obligations are, and how you should be structuring your Chambers' Complaints Handling scheme? Why not buy our 1 hour accredited CPD training "2010 Guide to Chambers' Complaints Handling" - perfect for finishing off your 2010 CPD requirement and brushing up your knowledge in this technical area.
We are now on Twitter! We were asked whether we were on Twitter, and it made us wonder why we weren't, so we decided to dip our toes into the twitterstream.
We're starting off slowly, but will aim to tweet about relevant legal news and updates in relation to CPD (and there is a lot going on at the moment with reviews of legal training and CPD from all the regulatory bodies).
So, do come along and follow us @LegalTrainingUK
You may be familiar with the excellent work of Nick Holmes and Delia Venables over at www.infolaw.co.uk. They focus on the use of technology and the law, and produce a bi-monthly newsletter called the "Internet Newsletter for Lawyers", which is available online and in print.
As many of our courses here at www.legaltraining.co.uk are focused on using the internet more effectively as a lawyer, we have a similar focus.
The latest edition of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers has an article I have written called "Free Web Resources for Family Lawyers" which may be of interest to you (see page 3 of the November/December 2010 edition of the newsletter). It includes information that you will find within our Family Practitioner's Guides to the Internet, but without the bonus of accredited CPD points. The article is a concise summary of some (but by no means all) of the most useful free internet sites from a family lawyer's point of view.
Do take a look - if you've never seen our Family Practitioner's Guides it acts as a teaser for what we offer, and if you are familiar with our CPD courses, it could be a short aide memoire to the best of the best websites!
You may have read the 5 good reasons to choose our CPD on the home page, so here's a bit more detail:
100% Online: Convenient & Flexible Training – As our training is online, you are not restricted to office hours to complete your CPD requirement. If you want to do your courses at 3am, then you can. Our courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We do our best to answer queries outside of office hours too, particularly if you email us. The flexibility of our CPD training, means that you don't have to be sitting at your computer at a particular time to watch a seminar, or in some far away conference suite; you can stop and start, dipping in and out of the training material when it suits you. The idea with LegalTraining CPD is that you can work at your convenience and your own pace - the ultimate in flexible CPD training.
Instant Access – There is no point in having flexible training that you can complete 24 hours a day if you have to wait for office hours to pay for it. Our secure payment system allows you to pay any time day or night with a credit or debit card; of course if you prefer to pay by cheque we will happily accommodate, but can't guarantee you instant access, although we will endeavour to help. Equally, our systems are fully automated, so you complete the online multiple choice assessment for each course, and receive your results immediately! No waiting for someone to mark them and send you confirmation. You can see your results straight away at your computer, retake the assessment if necessary, and once you have been successful then you can view (and print out) your online Completion Certificate.
Fully Accredited CPD – We have been offering online CPD training since 2004, so have considerable experience in this area. Many of our customers come back year after year, as we are an established and trusted CPD provider. We are accredited by both the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (reference DKR/AMLT) and that makes our CPD training suitable for ILEX as well, as they don't have their own distinct accreditation scheme, preferring to piggback on the quality accreditation from the other regulatory bodies.
Great Value – CPD training can be expensive, particularly for new practitioners. As an online CPD provider we don't have the same overheads as a conference provider, and we believe that great training needn't cost ridiculous sums of money. We offer a simple pricing scheme, of £15+VAT per CPD hour, and to reward our most loyal customers, we offer multi-buy discounts of 25% off if you buy 12 hours or more. This means that you can do 12 hours for the price of 9, or just get 25% off for 12 hours or more! This costs you just £11.25 +VAT per CPD hour.
Easy to Use – We want our training to be really straightforward and easy to use, so that even someone new to using the Internet for their CPD hours can work with ease. Our pricing structure is simple, and we charge no subscription or registration fee - you simply pay for the training that you need, when you need it. We understand that you don't want the technology to be complicated, so our courses don't require any special software and you don't need to download anything to your computer to do our courses. Simply register with us (we need this information to fill in your Completion Certficate, and don't ask for anything unnecessary), pay for your course, then work online, reading the course material and completing the assessment - it couldn't be simpler!
Solicitors have until the 31st October to complete their CPD hours for 2009/2010, that's less than 2 weeks away, as the deadline falls on a weekend this year.
Of course, with our easy to use online training, it doesn't matter whether you are in the office or at home or even on holiday, as long as you have access to the Internet you can complete our courses.
As our courses are 100% online, it doesn't matter that the 31st October deadline falls on a Sunday - the courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with instant access and a printable completion certificate as soon as you have finished the course assessment. No need to wait for office hours to be able to prove that you have completed your CPD hours.
All of our courses are accredited with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (reference: DKR/AMLT) for your peace of mind.
Plus - if you purchase 12 CPD hours or more with us, then you will receive an automatic 25% discount on your entire shopping basket. Bringing the cost down to just £11.25 (+ VAT) per CPD hour. There is no time limit on when you complete the courses, you can use them for this year's CPD or save some for the next CPD year.