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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:

  • 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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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 a 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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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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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. The course is aimed at professionals who are subject to anti-money laundering regulations. On successful completion of the course, you will be issued with a certificate through the post.

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Trauma Informed Practice - working with the effects of Trauma in the Justice System

Many vulnerable people supported by Intermediaries have experienced trauma. Recent advances in neurobiology, human development and treatment approaches have greatly increased understanding of the impact of trauma on the human experience.

By the end of this course, you will learn about:

  • The different types of trauma and their significance.
  • The fundamental importance of felt safety to human beings and instinctual survival responses when this is compromised.
  • How trauma impacts upon human development.
  • The complex effects of trauma functioning including communication and the challenges this presents for people going through the criminal justice systems.
  • Practical strategies intermediaries can use to assist traumatised witnesses to effectively communicate.
  • Secondary/Vicarious trauma - recognising signs in ourselves.

This course will be interactive and delegates will be divided into small groups to work in. For further information, you can also visit Intermediaries for Justice

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Law and Policing for Intermediaries

This training is an introduction to the legal framework within which we are operating, the role of the CPS and the Police, the rights-based laws which apply in all areas, and the specific legal principles which apply in the criminal and family courts.

We will share with you what each court looks like and who you will find in different courts and we will explain some key legal terminology so that you can better understand what is being discussed in court. We will then look at how to apply this information to the work we do, supporting communication.

Our aim is to promote a better working knowledge and understand of the whole system within which intermediaries are a cog and play a vital role. Discussion regarding Practice Directions and Rules and the Equal Treatment Bench Book will be included

Please note - This course is for IfJ members only.

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Autism Informed Practice within the Criminal Justice System

The City Law School and the School of Health Sciences will deliver this CPD course in conjunction with Intermediaries for Justice (IfJ). This CPD course is an introduction to working with individuals with autism. It aims to promote autism informed practice within the criminal justice system. It has been developed for a range of professionals: police, intermediaries, solicitors and barristers.

We aim to promote a better working knowledge of autism as a lifelong developmental disability, in order to support practical adaptations to promote access to a fairer justice system for autistic people.

Please note - This course is for IfJ members only.

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Child Development & Communication

This course will be aimed at Intermediaries and other professionals working in the justice system who wish to develop their understanding of child development, the development of communication skills and how cognitive and linguistic development influences the completeness, coherence and accuracy of children’s evidence.  It will offer an opportunity to revise, update and discuss.

Intermediaries who do not work with children currently or have not done so for many years should be aware that in order to extend their skill sets and to fulfil competency requirements course attendance must be combined with additional CPD (e.g. nursery placement) before pursuing work as an Intermediary with the child population.

Please note - This course is for IfJ members only.

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Disability Awareness for Professionals working in the Justice System

This course has been developed for professionals working in the justice system, including barristers, solicitors, youth offending practitioners, Appropriate Adults, social workers, police and psychologists.

The course is run in the form of a small group workshop with high levels of participation and sharing of knowledge and ideas.  Prepared slides/handouts guide the process rather than impart information.

Please note - This course is for IfJ members only.

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Intermediaries Working with Defendants - One Day Course

This course is for intermediaries who have completed a one-day basic workshop on 'Working with Defendants (WwD)' and would now like to extend and further develop their skills and strategies for working with vulnerable defendants.  

This course will provide a forum for further professional development for those intermediaries who have already started working in this field, by evaluating the current challenges in the court approach to the use of intermediaries, offer the opportunity to discuss controversies in our work e.g. boundaries, asserting our role, and consider how we may develop the professionalism of the role further.

Participants will share their experiences as well as being provided with other real (anonymised) cases to discuss. The course will help participants look at solutions to more complex issues. We will also spend some time on the real practice of simplifying language.

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Intermediaries Working with Defendants - Two Day Course

This 2-day course is for intermediaries who have not yet completed a one-day basic workshop on WwD and would now like to participate in a wider intermediary service and prepare to work with vulnerable defendants.

Day 1 will focus on increasing understanding of the whole criminal process, improve intermediary work with witnesses and prepare for intermediary work with defendants by extending understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to work with vulnerable defendants.

Day 2 will focus on evaluating the current challenges in the court approach to the use of intermediaries, offer the opportunity to discuss controversies in our work e.g. boundaries, asserting our role and consider how we may develop the professionalism of the role further.

Throughout both days participants will share their experiences as well as being provided with other real (anonymised) cases to discuss. The course will help participants look at solutions to complex issues. We will also spend some time on the real practice of simplifying language.

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