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by Legal Training - Thursday, 20 October 2016, 9:34 AM

As solicitors gear up for their new Continuing Competence CPD scheme from 1st November 2017, the Bar Standards Board is hot on their heels. They are currently consulting on the best way forward, and are running a series of roadshows (see the full list here). The BSB has draft guidance available for barristers, but won't issue final guidance until December 2016 after they have consulted with members of the Bar at their various workshops.

For 2016 of course the 12 hour CPD rule remains - our flexible online courses are ideal to help you to complete your 2016 CPD requirement.

Copying directly from the BSB's website here - this is the current plan:

Continuing Professional Development - from 1 January 2017

CPD requirements for barristers are changing.

From 1 January 2017, the summary of changes is as follows:

  • You will no longer have to complete a minimum number of hours;

  • You now have individual responsibility for what training you require;

  • There is no longer a requirement to complete accredited hours;

  • You have increased flexibility in the types of CPD activities that you can complete;

  • We will assess whether you have planned and completed your CPD in a structured way;

  • Assessments of current CPD compliance will be made by taking into account your CPD activity in previous years; and

  • The role of our supervision team in setting Corrective Action for non-compliance has been formalised. This means that the focus on the regulation of CPD will not be on disciplinary action but on ensuring that you comply with the CPD requirements.

Compliance with the CPD scheme will continue to be monitored and assessed via spot checking. 

Referral to the Professional Conduct Department will be reserved for persistent non-compliance or non-cooperation.

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