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CPD-UK (Bar Standards Board)

CPD Requirements: All practicing members of the Bar are subject to the continuing professional development regulations. Established practitioners are required to undertake a minimum of twelve (12) CPD hours each calendar year. Four (4) of the twelve (12) hours must be activities which have been accredited by the Bar Standards Board.

Newly qualified practitioners are required to complete forty-five (45) CPD hours including at least nine (9) hours of advocacy training and three (3) hours of ethics training (New Practitioners’ Programme). All hours must be accredited by the Bar Standards Board.

Approval of Programs: The Knowledge Group does not submit application for individual course accreditation in Bar Standards Board. Unaccredited hours can be obtained by attending any course, lecture, conference or seminar with a CPD Provider which has not been accredited by the Bar Standards Board. Unaccredited courses/activities must be directly relevant to the barrister’s area of practice or intended area of practice. Unaccredited hours are designed to give increased flexibility to the CPD that a barrister can undertake and need only be added to a person’s record card for the claim to be made.

Attendance Reporting Procedure: Barristers no longer have to return their CPD cards to the BSB. The BSB has started conducting random spot-checks of barristers’ CPD cards.

For more information, contact Bar Standards Board at:

Bar Standards Board
289-293 High Holborn
DX: 240 LDE  
Phone: 020 7611 1444

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