Newsletter – October 2021
From the CEO
It’s that time of year! Early next month, you will receive an email with a link to your personalised application form for renewing your practising certificate. We are waiting to hear from the Legal Services Board about the Costs Lawyer practising fee for 2022, but in the meantime there are steps you can take to get ready to apply.
If you have changed jobs this year, or your email address has otherwise changed and you haven’t told us yet, please get in touch to update your contact details.
Make sure you have designated the CLSB as a “safe sender” in your email account. Even if you receive our newsletters, your email system might think that your renewal email is spam due to the information it contains. Instructions for how to add the CLSB to your safe senders list can be found on our website.
Unless you work in-house or for a firm regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), you will need to provide evidence of your professional indemnity insurance and your complaints procedure. You might like to request these from the relevant department within your organisation prior to starting your renewal application. You can check whether your firm is regulated by the SRA by searching the SRA’s online register.
You will also be asked to tell us about your CPD activities for the year, totalling at least 12 CPD points. If you haven’t completed all your CPD by the application deadline, don’t worry; CPD activities booked for November or December but not yet attended can be included in your CPD return as normal. There are some suggestions on our website if you’re still looking for free or low cost CPD opportunities.
New CPD Rules came into force on 1 January 2021. There are no longer any activity categories or caps, so there is much greater flexibility in how CPD requirements can be met, and all your CPD can be done online if you wish. Under the new rules, you also need to set CPD objectives for the year and keep a record of whether and how these objectives were met. We won’t ask you for all this information when you apply for a practising certificate, however you will need to provide this if you are chosen for audit.
Finally, we will be running an abridged diversity survey this year that focuses on pay and earnings differences between men and women. All diversity data is anonymised and is not linked to your practising certificate application. It only takes three minutes to complete the survey, but it makes a huge difference to our ability to champion diversity within the profession, for everyone’s benefit. I’m very grateful to all Costs Lawyers who can give up a few minutes of their time to help out.