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CPD Requirements In Legal Profession

As a qualified legal professional you are required to undertake CPD that is relevant and appropriate to your professional responsibilities and personal development. In order to count towards CPD, the training or development activity undertaken must be:

  • Relevant to your individual needs. You should identify your individual learning and development needs in deciding which training courses to attend.
  • Measurable. You should be able to measure learning activities undertaken or outcomes achieved to meet your individual (and Professional Bodies) requirements.
  • Verifiable. You should retain appropriate records and documents relating to CPD activities undertaken and, where requested by your member body, provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of that body.


Trainee Solicitors

The Professional Skills Course must be completed by all trainee solicitors during their training contracts and before qualification.

The PSC comprise three compulsory courses:

Financial and Business Skills (3-day course plus an examination)
Advocacy and Communication Skills (3-day course)
Client Care and Professional Standards (2-day course) In addition to the three compulsory courses, trainees must also complete 24 hours training in electives. These should follow the compulsory courses and build on the skills of those courses.
Trainees are permitted to undertake 12 hours of elective training by way of distance learning.
Trainees who completed a Legal Practice Course (LPC) that began before Autumn 1997 will not have covered accounts in their LPC. They must follow a special 4-day Accounts course plus an examination. This satisfies the full 21-hours elective requirement.


The Law Society has operated a compulsory Continuing Professional Development scheme since 1985. Over the years, it has evolved into a system guided by the principles of simplicity and flexibility. Solicitors are encouraged to assume responsibility for their own development by choosing from the wide range of activities that can be pursued in order to meet the yearly CPD requirement. All solicitors and registered European lawyers (RELs) who Are in legal practice or employment in England and Wales, and work 32 hours or more per week, are required to complete a minimum of 16 hours CPD per year. Management Course Stage 1 is compulsory for all solicitors who are 0 3 years qualified. Solicitors can take this course at any time during this period, but if they are in their 3rd year, they must attend the course before 31 October. It is accredited for 7 CPD hours, which can be counted towards the required 16 hours for the year. For more information visit Legal Executives The systematic maintenance, improvement and extension of the professional and legal skills, and personal qualities, necessary for the execution of professional and legal duties, and compliance with the standards required by the Institute throughout the Legal Executives working life. CPD is compulsory for all Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives. CPD takes place on an annual basis and the CPD year runs from 1 January 31 December. During this time a Fellow is required to complete a minimum of 8 hours CPD.

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Licensed Conveyancers

A licensed conveyancer must complete a minimum of 6 hours CPD in recognised courses in each licence year in which he holds a limited licence. The licence year runs from 1 November to the following 31 October. A licensed conveyancer must complete a minimum of 12 hours CPD in recognised courses in each licence year in which he holds a full licence. The licence year runs from 1 November to the following 31 October. This requirement shall prevail where a full licence takes effect immediately upon the expiration of a limited licence.


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In-House Training with PTP

PTP stands for Practical Training for Professionals and our aim is to make our training as practical as possible so delegates can return to the workplace with skills they can implement immediately. PTP now delivers training to over 40% of the FTSE 100.

What you get for your money

What is 1-to-1 training?

1-to-1 training can be based on any of the 100 plus courses that PTP provides, it includes an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site one to one training session at your premises with one of PTP's expert trainers and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

You have the option of a line manager being involved in both telephone conferences, the second telephone conference which can be for feedback and action planning is generally scheduled during the on-site visit.

Who does 1-to-1 training suit?

Individuals taking on a new challenge or responsibilities. Professionals who want a trusted "sounding board" and thinking partner. Executives or managers who want to enhance their leadership effectiveness to achieve organizational and career success. Executives and professionals wanting to compete successfully but still retain balance in their life. Individuals who want to understand their blind spots so that they don't stand in their own way on their path to success. Executives and Professionals who want to improve their interpersonal skills so as to be more effective with bosses, peers, subordinates, or people in general. How much does 1-to-1 training cost?

A 1-to-1 training session costs from as little as £400 + VAT and will include an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site training at your premises and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

What is U-Choose?

Choose from any of the 150 plus courses that PTP provides, and choose from 1 of our 50 plus UK wide training venues. You must book for 2 or more delegates and at least 4 weeks in advance, but that’s it, the course you want where you want it. The reason we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks notice is to enable us to market the course you have scheduled to other companies and organisations. However, if we fail to sell any additional places we guarantee to run the course just for you.

How much does U-Choose Training cost?

U-choose costs the same as our normal open courses i.e. the normal delegate rate. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, framed certification and comprehensive training notes. A U-Choose booking can only be confirmed once we receive payment which can be made via credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. Payment is due at least 4 weeks before the date you request. Please note to be eligible for U-Choose you must book a minimum of 2 delegates on the same course & date.