Under the new system solicitors will no longer need to accumulate CPD points, but instead are expected to cast a critical eye over their own practices to assess where they need to learn more.
Whilst this may avoid the problems of practitioners attending training for the sake of collecting points, it has the risk of running in to the Rumsfeld problem:
"There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know."
Where solicitors already pressed for time are asked to critically assess their own weaknesses, how are they supposed to assess their unknown unknowns?
In a world of legal aid cuts and recession, this seems a surefire way of reducing training and development to a passing thought on an already busy work schedule.
The training provided by Lydia Pearce Legal on the changes to Pre-Charge Bail will ensure that your practice is up to date. Available at the training sessions will be pre-filled assessment and evaluation sheets which will conform to the SRA's requirements for continuing professional development.