Event postponements

Please note that until June 30 2020, all Law Society CPD face-to-face events have been postponed in response to Covid-19. We will of course provide advice of any continuation as soon as the public health advice issued by national government changes accordingly.

We are working to rearrange dates for most scheduled events for the latter part of the CPD year. These will be hosted online, and dates/platform will be updated on our webpages, and all delegates notified of the proposed changes.

Law Society of Scotland flagship events currently available for the latter part of the year, including the 2020 Annual Conference on Friday 30 October, remain open for bookings to members. We will host these events online for members, and will update details on these pages throughout the summer.

In addition to the above, we have a large number of Online CPD modules available to members.

We are available during working hours to respond to individual enquiries. Please see our about us page for details of contacts.

Your patience and forbearance while we resolve these changes is sincerely appreciated.

For more information see our Coronavirus update page.

CPD requirements for 2019-2020

In light of the current circumstances the Regulatory Committee of the Society has agreed that minimum CPD requirements for the 2019/2020 practice year are suspended. The mandatory completion of risk management CPD and CPD for Solicitor Advocates has also been suspended.

Instead the CPD hours should be viewed as indicative figures to be met if possible. We believe this is a proportionate and pragmatic step for a temporary period.

Members who are required to undertake other mandatory professional development, such as new managers of practice units who are required to complete a Practice Management Course, still need to do so (with the exception of risk management and Solicitor Advocate CPD).

Even without the minimum CPD requirement for this year keeping up to date in relevant practice disciplines and in other areas such as risk management and practice management is still extremely important. Despite the current constraints, CPD remains available in many forms, including through private study and online and members should strive to undertake CPD wherever it is professionally necessary.

We will continue to publish information and support to help members access and carry out CPD and keep up to date throughout the rest of the practice year.

The CPD requirements will return to normal on 1 November 2020 for the next practice year.

Please keep an eye on our website for updated information and contact us if you need any additional support or guidance.

TCPD requirements

The Admissions Sub-Committee has considered TCPD requirements for those qualifying before the end of September 2020. The Sub-Committee agreed that a general reduction in the amount of TCPD undertaken by those qualifying before 30 September was a prudent and proportionate regulatory decision.

All those who are due to qualify prior to 30 September are now required to complete 48 hours of TCPD, of which a minimum of 32 must be from an authorised provider and a maximum of 16 from a non-authorised provider. The Ethics course must be completed in full. If you are unable to complete the ethics course within months 9 – 15 of your traineeship please email legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk.

Trainees who are qualifying before 30 September and who have already undertaken more than 48 hours of TCPD are deemed to have met the TCPD requirements.

Any trainees who are due to qualify before 30 September and who have not met the reduced requirements and, but for the shortfall in TCPD, would be in a position to discharge their traineeship, should – at the point of discharging their training contract – give the Society an undertaking, in a form to be prescribed, that they would complete the remaining hours of TCPD up to a total of 48 hours with the appropriate minimum of 32 hours from an authorised provider by the end of the practice year.

The Committee is keeping a watching brief in this area and will revisit this matter to give clarity to trainees qualifying post-30 September should these exceptional circumstances continue.

Coronavirus update

We are working with partners in the Scottish legal sector and closely monitoring official advice and updates from Scottish Government and NHS to ensure that we are acting in accordance with the latest guidance to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, members and stakeholders.