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Power to the practitioner

Martin Coleman explains why the new CPD requirements will stop solicitors clocking up hours of irrelevant training

10 February 2015

Most solicitors will
be aware that the current system
of continuing professional development (CPD),which requires all solicitors to undertake 16 hours of CPD
per year, ends from November 2016 (with the option to opt
out from November 2015).
This reflects a new approach
to training and education with a focus on the standard of service offered by solicitors, rather than a bureaucratic process.

Many of us will have heard anecdotes about individuals desperate to 'clock-up' their mandatory hours, attending courses of no real value to their professional role, or registering for courses and spending the session on their smart phone.

The reality is that it is impossible for us to prescribe centrally what type of CPD is appropriate for different solicitors at differen...

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