Professional Development

CPD requirements for solicitors and barristers

Professional Development is an essential part of every lawyer’s career. It helps you keep up-to-date with the latest legislative developments, allows you to expand your skills, improve your capabilities and build a successful and satisfying career.

Our wide choice of professional development training solutions are designed and delivered by experienced practitioners and offered across a range of topics and practice areas, to ensure your CPD is more than just a ‘tick-box’ exercise.

Below we provide information on the CPD requirements for both solicitors and barristers, including the changes to CPD rules that were applicable voluntarily from 1st April 2015 and apply on a compulsory basis from 1st November 2016.

CPD training

Solicitors' Professional Development

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) does not require that you undertake a specified number of hours of CPD a year. Instead you and your firm must take steps to ensure your on-going competence. This will include reflecting on your practice to identify your learning and development needs and undertaking regular learning and development so your skills and knowledge remain up to date.

The SRA does not specify how you should achieve this but does require that you keep a record of steps you are taking to ensure your ongoing competence which you may need to provide for the SRA on demand. 

For details of the requirements see the SRA Continuing Competence Toolkit.