Don’t just be “here for the points” – tips to make the most of CPD training

A subject close to my heart, and just as relevant as when it was first published last summer. Don’t leave it too late folks!


I have been privileged in recent weeks to sit in on a number of courses run by other presenters.  On each occasion there was at least one delegate present who did not have a direct interest in the subject matter of the course and was therefore “just here for the points”.

Whilst for solicitors, some CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points can be gained through research, article writing, and delivering your own seminars (among other things), there is a requirement to attend some structured courses delivered by providers who are accredited by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.  Not only that, the SRA Guidance on CPD requirements  makes clear that CPD should be relevant to a solicitor’s area of practice.

Training frequently as I do, I see a lot of “points” delegates, particularly in September and October each year as the solicitors’ CPD year draws to a close.

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