Solicitors' CPD requirements in detail:
The CPD year for solicitors and RELs runs from 1 November to 31 October.
Solicitors and RELs (registered European lawyers) are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to be responsible for their own development by undertaking a certain number of hours’ of learning activities over the course of a year, called ‘continuing professional development’, or ‘CPD’.
Newly qualified solicitors and RELs must undertake one hour of CPD for each complete month worked from the date of admission/registration to 31 October. Those admitted/registered on 1 November will go straight into their first CPD year. The CPD requirement for solicitors and RELs in their first CPD year and thereafter is 16 hours.
At least 25% (4 hours) of the requirement must be met by attending or participating in courses offered by accredited Law Society Providers (such as CPDcast.com) and which are more than one hour in duration. Providing your firm has in-house CPD authorisation, these 4 hours may be covered by listening to CPDcasts, and then having a discussion about the points raised in them. The remaining 75% (12 hours) of the requirement can be met by undertaking other activities, including listening to audio material by authorised providers. Actual time taken can be claimed for each CPDcast listened to, and each quiz passed.
For a full list of other activities which meet the 75% requirement, visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.