Will scrapping the CPD requirement reduce the quality of lawyers? – The Futures of Law

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has pledged to scrap its requirement for solicitors to complete 16 hours of continuing professional development (CPD), describing its existing system as little more than a “box ticking” exercise. The SRA believes revoking the current system will provide greater flexibility, but Nicholas Lakeland, partner and head of the employment and pensions team at Silverman Sherliker LLP, fears it may well lead to a real reduction in training.’

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The Future of Law, 22nd October 2014

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Master Gordon-Saker condemns lack of costs training for judges – Litigation Futures

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in budgets, continuing professional development, costs, judges, judiciary, news, speeches by tracey

‘Master Gordon-Saker, who replaced Peter Hurst as Senior Costs Judge yesterday, has used his first public speech in the role to launch a strongly-worded attack on the lack of training for judges in costs budgeting.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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New rights for victims of crime – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Victims will have the right to tell the court how they have been affected by a crime as part of a major set of reforms announced by the Justice Secretary. They will also receive better information and support with the introduction of a nationwide Victims’ Information Service, making it easier for victims by establishing a single source of information and help.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th September 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Fifth of law firms admit to substandard service – LegalFutures

Posted September 18th, 2014 in continuing professional development, law firms, news, reports, solicitors by tracey

‘A fifth of law firms admit to providing a substandard service at some point in the past year, with extra training for staff the common response, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) research has revealed.’

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LegalFutures, 18th September 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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BSB statement on Public Access rules and international work – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 7th, 2014 in barristers, continuing professional development, news by sally

‘The new BSB Handbook (which is in force from today) changes the rules for barristers undertaking international work where instructions are received directly from a lay foreign client or a lay client in England and Wales in relation to a foreign matter.’

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Bar Standards Board, 6th January 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Barristers’ CPD obligations to change with immediate effect – Bar Standards Board

‘Barristers no longer have to return CPD record cards to the BSB, but must still undertake their set number of hours and keep their record cards up-to-date.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th November 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Bar moves to fill direct access training gap – The Lawyer

Posted November 5th, 2013 in barristers, continuing professional development, legal education, news by sally

“Young barristers are ‘thrown in at the deep end’ when directly advising the public because of woefully inadequate training that has created acute dangers around vulnerable clients, the Bar Council’s annual conference heard at the weekend.”

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The Lawyer, 5th November 2013

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Important changes to Public Access training – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 3rd, 2013 in barristers, continuing professional development, legal education, news by sally

“New training requirements for Public Access barristers will come into force later this year.”

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd September 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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QASA Handbook and podcast launched – Bar Standards Board

“The essential guide to the QASA process has been launched by the Bar Standards Board today [21 August].”

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Bar Standards Board, 21st August 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Education review comes out for ‘incremental’ reform – Law Society’s Gazette

“Legal education and training is not ‘fundamentally broken’ but is failing to ensure consistent levels of quality across the profession, a long-awaited pan-profession report says today.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th June 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Bar Council welcomes BSB proposed changes to public access – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has welcomed the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) proposed changes to Public Access training, which look to ‘enhance the course content and introduce an element of formal assessment’ to ensure barristers have the requisite knowledge and skills to carry out public access work.”

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The Bar Council, 29th January 2013

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Changes to Public Access Training Announced – Bar Standards Board

“Public access barrister training is to be overhauled under proposals announced by the Bar Standards Board today.”

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Bar Standards Board, 28th January 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Training on the new Contractual Terms of Work – The Bar Council

Posted November 15th, 2012 in barristers, continuing professional development, contracts, news by sally

“Update for the profession: on 31 January 2013, the commonly used Terms of Work and Withdrawal of Credit Scheme will be abolished and new contractual terms, with attendant Cab Rank Rule changes, will be introduced.”

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The Bar Council, 14th November 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Chancery Lane hits out at LETR over claim – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society has hit back at claims that the current system of legal education and training is unfit for purpose. In a critical response to a discussion paper published by the cross-professional Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), the Society says it is ‘not aware of clear evidence that the current system is broken’.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th November 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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QASA – and what it means to you – LegalVoice

“New rules for solicitors (and registered European lawyers) who want to undertake criminal advocacy form January 2013 will require them to notify the Solicitors Regulation Authority under the new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) arrangements, writes Anne-Marie Lynch. The scheme opens on July 2nd 2012 and will be open for notifications until 21st September 2012. It will introduce a system for accreditation for criminal advocacy work in the Crown and magistrates’ courts.”

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LegalVoice, 20th June 2012

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

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Wigs off, jeans on at the Judicial College – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2012 in continuing professional development, judiciary, news by sally

“Joshua Rozenberg watches judges in training at a Midlands conference hotel.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Rape cases: why judicial training is needed – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2012 in continuing professional development, judiciary, legal education, news, rape by sally

“Special training for rape case judges is needed to tackle preconceived ideas – and already it is starting to work.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Our consultation on CPD for barristers is now open – Bar Standards Board

“We have issued our consultation on the outcomes of the review of CPD for barristers. The consultation will be open until 30 September 2011. Please read and submit your views.”

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Bar Standards Board, 6th June 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Why barristers balk at the ‘box-ticking’ of continuing professional development – The Guardian

“Barristers failing to complete their annual quota of CPD now dominate Bar Standards Board disciplinary proceedings.”

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Clementi Debate: ‘Does CPD make better barristers?’ – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 26th, 2011 in barristers, continuing professional development, news by sally

“In anticipation of our consultation on Continuing Professional Development and the joint review of legal education, this year’s Clementi Debate will be discussing the future of CPD for barristers in the context of professional training as a whole.”

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Bar Standards Board, 21st April 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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