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.
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.
This brand new two-day course has been designed by The City Law School in conjunction with The Law Society and is designed to prepare delegates with the knowledge and skills to apply for formal assessment to gain access to the panel of accredited practitioners.
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. For the MCT, the course includes easy to use electronic manuals designed to master the 11 substantive areas of law, and more than 1000 interactive multiple-choice questions designed to reinforce your learning. All MCT enrolments now include Live Tuition Weekends – four full days of face-to-face tuition at City Law School.
These days it is almost universally accepted that lawyers and law firms should communicate with their clients in plain language and that letters and legal documents should be drafted in plain language. But old habits can die hard, especially when all those around you are still writing ‘legalese’ and the documents you rely on as precedents are full of it.
This course is designed to set you on the road to writing plain in language. It will encourage you to clarify your writing and show you how to break down the acquired habits that get in the way of clarity. The course is practical throughout, involving group discussion, demonstrations and practical exercises.
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.