Newsletter – January 2021
From the CEO
The CPD requirements for Costs Lawyers changed on 1 January 2021, following consultation with the profession last year. The old CPD regime had been around for many years, but the legal sector has moved on. Regulation must keep pace with market changes in order to support a modern and nimble profession. We have therefore abolished the old CPD points caps and activity categories, in favour of a more flexible approach that allows you to decide which learning activities best suit you.
Some things haven’t changed. You must still obtain a minimum of 12 CPD points each year and report your CPD activities when you apply for a practising certificate. Other things are changing now. To ensure your CPD activities are aligned to your individual needs, you must set objectives for your CPD at the start of the year. By the end of the year you must evaluate the effectiveness of your chosen CPD against those objectives. You can choose any CPD activities that are relevant to you, delivered in any format, by any provider.
The new rules are designed to ensure that all Costs Lawyers reflect meaningfully on their CPD, but also give you the freedom to choose how to meet your development needs. If you already take a thoughtful approach to CPD and set development objectives for the year, then all you need to do is check that the way you record your CPD meets the new requirements.
There is a wealth of material on the CPD page of our website to help you navigate the changes. We suggest you start by watching the introductory video on that page. If you still have questions, you can register for our Virtual Q&A on 3 February (see below in the Regulatory News section for more details).
We hope that the new CPD Rules are accessible and clear, putting you in control of your ongoing learning and development as a Costs Lawyer for the benefit of you and your clients.