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Barrister CPD Requirements

All barristers must undertake CPD in order to keep up to date with the law. The rules are contained in Section C of Part 4 of the BSB Handbook.

The Bar Standards Board monitors compliance with this regulatory requirement. Failure to comply can lead to suspension or revocation of a barrister's practising certificate.

There are various media by which the barrister can be trained, including seminars, webinars, and podcasts. The barrister has the choice of what type of training to undertake, subject to certain limitations. The most important limitation is that the areas of law must coincide with the areas in which the barrister practices.

All Established Practitioners are required to complete 12 hours of CPD per year. Stubb Legal can supply all of these hours. It produces 72 new courses each year, 12 in Commercial, 12 in Criminal, 12 in Civil Litigation, 12 in Employment, 12 in Family, and 12 in Property. Two years of each area are listed on this website.  The CPD provider ID number for barristers is 1855.

For online podcasts, the Bar Standards Board requires that an online test must be completed before the provider allocates CPD hours. The barrister must attach the completed certification form produced at the end of the Multiple Choice Test to his or her record card.

Special rules apply to newly qualified barristers. New Practitioners are required to undertake a minimum of 45 hours of CPD in the first three years of practice. This must include 9 hours of Advocacy training and 3 hours of Ethics. Stubb Legal does not provide any advocacy or ethics courses. Pupils must undertake 12 hours of Advocacy training. Stubb Legal does not provide any advocacy courses.

In 2014, the CPD rules for barristers changed. The rules for barrister's CPD are listed on the website of the Bar Standards Board. Barristers must still undertake their CPD hours and keep their record cards. But barristers no longer have to return their CPD cards to the Bar Standards Board. They have already started conducting random spot-checks of barristers' CPD cards, including some customers of Stubb Legal. This is to ensure that barristers keep their record cards updated and undertake their set number of CPD hours.
Those selected for spot-checking will be asked for evidence of completion of their CPD hours and their record card. The Bar Standards Board accepts Stubb Legal's test certificates, which you can access through your online account with us.

The Bar Standards Board says:

"Potentially, any practising barrister undertaking CPD through the Established Practitioner Programme could be contacted for spot-checking. Barristers who completed the final year of New Practitioners Programme in 2013 could also be contacted for spot-checking. A sample of barristers have been selected entirely at random. In addition, those who have a recent history of having had enforcement action taken against them for a breach of the rules have also been selected to participate in the spot check.
Barristers who have failed to complete their required CPD hours will be considered by the Bar Standards Board on a case by case basis. In most cases they will need to complete their remaining hours, within a set time frame. Those who are persistently non-compliant will ultimately face enforcement action."

A full list of requirements can be found at Continuing Professional Development - Bar Standards Board