Solicitors have been preparing for change in their CPD scheme for the last couple of years, with many solicitors already having moved over to the new Continuing Competence scheme which becomes compulsory from 1st November 2016. The move away from compulsory hours and prescribed activities to a cycle of reflect, plan, address, record and evaluate is changing the way that solicitors look at CPD. Solicitors can of course continue to undertake their 16 hours under the old scheme for this 2015/2016 CPD year. The SRA Toolkit will help anyone wanting to find out more about the scheme.
The Bar Standards Board announced on 14th April 2016, that they too are moving to a new scheme for the next CPD year. Moving to a more flexible scheme, the BSB is planning to remove the minimum hours requirement, and widening the scope of activities which can amount to CPD - all from 1st January 2017.
Of course, this is far from the end of CPD, but these new approaches, require more planning as to what CPD you will need to complete. Our CPD offers a range of skills and knowledge which can help you to complete your CPD: from legal updates, guides to legal topics and IT skills.
This year, of course, barristers still need their 12 hours, and solicitors can choose whether to stick to the 16 hour scheme or move over. Our 2016 Subscription is a cost-effective way to complete your CPD; for £199 you get access to all of our 2016 CPD (currently 68 hours' worth - just £2.93 per CPD hour). Alternatively, you can pick and choose your CPD course from our selection, for just £18 per CPD hour.