Solicitors CPD/CCC 2016/2017
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has changed the way it ensures solicitors remain competent to practice. The new “continuing competence” approach was implemented from November 1, 2016, but solicitors have been able to opt in from April 1, 2015.
Under the new approach, solicitors are no longer required to complete a compulsory number of CPD hours each year. However they do still need to undertake regular learning and development so their skills and knowledge remain up-to-date, record the learning and development they have undertaken, and submit an annual declaration to the SRA to confirm they have completed the above.
Since our question papers are a great way to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date, in 2017/2018 Criminal Law Week will continue to provide the course to solicitors.
Our online Continuing Competence Course (CCC) comes free with any Criminal Law Week subscription, are in the same format as the CPD question papers previously, and can be completed at any time during the CCC year. As with our CPD course, to help solicitors who complete our CCC maintain their development record, we will send out an annual email at the end of the CCC year, confirming how many papers have been answered successfully.
If you are a CLW subscriber and would like to register on the CCC course, please email email@example.com. If you are not a CLW subscriber, please click here to see the full range of subscription options open to you. After you have subscribed, you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details to register on the CCC course.
If you require multiple CCC registrations or if you have queries about any of the above, please get in touch with our team on 0207 524 9797, or email, to discuss your requirements further.
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