As you will know, the Bar Council considers that ‘in order to maintain and enhance the quality of legal services that they offer, barristers need to update and develop and improve their skills’. This belief has led them to develop what they are calling the Established Practitioners’ programme. Following are the dates when people become obligated under the Established Practitioner rules.
Call in or after 1990 – from 2003 Call between 1980 and 1989 – from 2004 Call before 1980 – from 2005
The obligation is to complete 12 hours of CPD each year of which 4 must be accredited by the Bar Council. In terms of administration, Established Practitioners must submit record cards to the Bar Council by 31 January each year for the previous year showing details of the activities they have completed (these cards can be downloaded from the Bar Council website, www.barcouncil.org.uk). The Inns' are now self-registering CPD and we have the ID number 1589 that you will need to input when completing your CPD record card.
The Inn provides many different opportunities to fulfil these CPD requirements. These opportunities include; attending the Sir Thomas More and Euro Lectures, acting as a tutor or giving a talk at the Student Residential Weekends and teaching advocacy to pupils and to practitioners of 1-3 years' call at Highgate House and other training venues (see below).