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Courses for Solicitors & Professionals

Continuing professional development (CPD) is one element of being a member of any profession and is key to demonstrating your continuing competence as a solicitor within the SRA's regulatory framework.

CPD training is also a necessary and invaluable way of ensuring that your skills are always up-to-date, as well making sure that core skills are enhanced. Such training also evidences one’s commitment to the SRA’s ethos of maintaining continuing competency throughout your career.

Additional benefits of participating in CPD activities include networking, identifying opportunities for personal growth as well as guaranteeing that one is able to provide the best possible service to your client.

We provide a wide range of practical and interactive CPD courses for professionals in numerous areas, and we are also specialists in developing bespoke courses for organisations that wish to focus in a specific key area for their staff.

Higher Rights of Audience

If you are a qualified solicitor and wish to exercise rights of audience as an advocate in the higher courts of England and Wales, you are required by the Solicitors' Higher Rights of Audience Regulations 2011 to obtain a qualification to do so from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

There are two qualifications available: Mental Capacity (welfare) Accreditation

  • The Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy) Qualification, which entitles you to exercise rights of audience in civil proceedings in the higher courts
  • The Higher Courts (Criminal Advocacy) Qualification, which entitles you to exercise rights of audience in criminal proceedings in the higher courts.

In order to obtain either of these qualifications, you are required to pass a compulsory advocacy assessment, for civil or criminal proceedings as the case may be. If you wish to obtain both qualifications, you must pass both assessments. The City Law School is authorised by the SRA to provide these assessments. We also offer training in preparation for the assessments.

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Anti-Money Laundering (AML) & Counter-Terrorism Financing Course

This brand new introductory course is designed for those delegates who wish to possess an understanding of the complexities surrounding AML and Counter-Terrorism Financing Course. The course is aimed at professionals who are subject to anti-money laundering regulations.

Who is the course suitable for?

  • New/recently appointed MLROs and deputies
  • New/recently appointed Financial Crime and Risk Officers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Internal auditors assuming responsibilities for money laundering/financial crime issues.
  • All individuals engaged in financial services and who aspire to a career in anti-money laundering.

This course can also be adapted and delivered as an in-house course for your own team of AML professionals. We offer bespoke in-house training for organisations both onsite & offsite, nationally & internationally.

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Solicitors Accounts Rules 2019 - New versus Old

The 2019 Solicitors' Accounts Rules will come into force on 25 November 2019. These rules will must be followed by all authorised firms, their managers, and employees. The new rules are culled from 53 to just 13. With much more focus on risk and self-regulation, it is vital for solicitors and law firms to understand what is changing, what is staying the same and what the future regulation of client monies will be like”.

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Mental Capacity (welfare) Accreditation

This two-day course has been designed by The City Law School in conjunction with The Law Society
and prepares delegates with the knowledge and skills to apply for formal assessment to gain access
to the panel of Accredited Practitioners and the Court of Protection’s panel of Accredited Legal Representatives.

Day one of the training will focus on the black letter law and incorporate group activities to test candidates’ legal knowledge, including key legislative developments. This will cover, in particular, The Court of Protection Rules 2017, current practice and procedure, key developments in case law, funding and the impact of the Case Management Pathways upon daily practice.

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Introduction to Mental Capacity Law and Deprivation of Liberty

This brand new Introductory Mental Capacity Act & DoLS training course is taught by an experienced mental capacity solicitor and trainer who is an Accredited Practitioner under the Law Society’s Mental Capacity Welfare Scheme. She has over 10 years’ experience acting for patients, relatives and statutory advocates and delivering practical training to professionals.

The programme will provide an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) for frontline staff in care, health and related services. The course will teach delegates what is meant by mental capacity and the five core principles of the Act.  It will include consideration of the MCA Code of Practice, key case law and statutory guidance relevant to the daily understanding of the principles underlying the Act.  This will be reinforced through the discussion of scenarios and practical exercises.

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Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme

The City Law School has partnered with QLTS Advantage to provide an online training course to prepare lawyers for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) assessments administered by Kaplan UK.

The scheme, implemented by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, gives lawyers from other jurisdictions the opportunity to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales without having to complete domestic training.

The MCT+ course includes easy to use electronic manuals designed to master the 11 substantive areas of law, introductory video lectures for all subjects, over 1500 mock/reinforcement questions with guidance, and Live Weekends with a mock exam in an actual simulated exam environment.

The OSCE+ course features 150+ interactive mock exam scenarios in research, writing, and drafting designed exactly as they would be on the day of the exam, a video library with demos on interviewing and advocacy styles/technique, Live Tuition where you can perform all 18 stations of an OSCE exam with immediate feedback from City professors, and free access to LexisNexis.

Find out more about the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme.

Advanced Criminal Advocacy

The City Law School, in partnership with the Law Society, is running the Advanced Criminal Advocacy course. This is a full day course for senior practitioners who have experience of advocacy in the higher courts. To reflect the seniority of the participants on this course this day would be run in the context of a Crown Court trial and the mock courtroom setting will reflect the greater formality of advocacy in the higher courts. The case papers for this day will reflect the higher level of this course, the offences dealt with would be of a very serious nature and the issues raised will be of a complex nature.

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