The Regulations oblige solicitors to ensure that:
(i) the CONTENT (i.e. topics, etc.) of the minimum requirements (summarised above) must be comprised of Practice Management & Professional Development Skills,
(ii) that this minimum CPD requirement must be undertaken in one of the three permitted FORMATS/ways, namely, in either Group Study format and/or by eLearning and/or by writing relevant material that is published.
The expression ”Management & Professional Development Skills‘ is broad and diverse and difficult to categorise, and is flexible in the CPD guidelines. It includes, for example, professional ethics, financial and business management, human resource (HR) management, budget control, practice management skills, computer skills, language enhancement relevant to the practice of law, professional ethics, advocacy and client care, stress management, compliance issues, regulatory matters, etc. This list is not exhaustive.
You should be able to justify the relevance of any course you attend to your practice, and the “overriding test is that the education / training must be relevant to the practice of the solicitor at the time it is undertaken or in the future”. Partners’ meetings may NOT be counted for CPD record purposes, nor are private study and / or research.