21 September 2019

New CPD guidance for established barristers available now

We have now published our CPD guidance for established practitioners on our website.

You should consider this as the main source of guidance from the BSB about how to comply with the new CPD arrangements. The guidance has been developed with input from the many barristers whom we have met at our CPD meetings around the country.  We hope this will make our guidance as helpful as possible.

The guidance contains:

  • A summary of the rules relating to the new CPD scheme for established practitioners;
  • Advice about how to record and evidence the CPD activities that you undertake;
  • A list of the types of CPD activities that could count as CPD within the new scheme;
  • Thoughts on how best to reflect on your annual CPD activities; and
  • Information about our supervision and enforcement approach to the new scheme (which will reserve disciplinary action only as a "last resort").

We have also published guidance for Heads of Chambers, a  template to help you prepare your CPD plans, frequently asked questions and a helpful example of a record, which are all available on our website.

Please register to watch a recording of our recent CPD webinar for barristers. This contains an explanation of the new scheme by our Director General, Dr Vanessa Davies and our responses to a range of questions from practitioners during the live event.

More than 800 people have watched the CPD webinar 

The new arrangements for CPD are the result of an extensive consultation exercise which started two years ago.

Did you know that 76 barristers participated in the 2015 CPD pilot?

The benefits of the new CPD scheme for established practitioners

  • The new scheme is much more flexible with no fixed number of hours.
  • A much wider range of activities is permitted.
  • The accreditation requirement is removed - our interim accreditation scheme closes at the end of the year.
  • A much lighter touch approach to enforcement - better regulatory value for money.
  • You no longer need to apply for extensions of time or waivers when returning to practise as a barrister.