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This page contains an overview of CPD frequently asked questions relating to CPD and the events LPLC runs.

The objective of the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Solicitors) Rules 2015 is to provide the minimum requirements for continuing professional development for solicitors and have been in operation since 1 July 2015. For a complete understanding of the Rules click here to read them in full. For recent updates by the Victorian Legal Service Board and Commissioner on CPD requirements bushfire and COVID-19 impacted lawyers for 2019/20 and 2020/21 year see details on their website.

When researching which seminars to attend to comply with the Rules practitioners should consider the specific skills and knowledge they need to improve to grow and enhance their practices. As a guide on how you may reflect on your professional development needs consider the following UK Solicitors Regulation Authority’s guide.

LPLC is primarily focussed on providing risk management seminars, however our seminars can cover any of the four fields set out in Rule 6. CPD obligations. To read about the LPLC events available and the fields covered refer to the LPLC training calendar.

CPD FAQ's

The CPD year runs from 1 April to 31 March

There are four CPD fields under the rules. Here is a list with their abbreviations:

  • Ethics and professional responsibility (EPR).
  • Practice management and business skills (PM).
  • Professional skills (PS).
  • Substantive law (SL).

Yes - there are compulsory units you need to attain every year, as stated in Rule 6. CPD obligations - as follows:

6.1 Unless exempted in whole or in part by the designated local regulatory authority under rule 16 (Exemptions), or unless a pro rata calculation applies under rule 10 (Pro rata calculations), a solicitor must complete 10 CPD units in each CPD year including at least one CPD unit in each of the following fields:

6.1.1 ethics and professional responsibility;

6.1.2 practice management and business skills;

6.1.3 professional skills;

6.1.4 substantive law.

6.2 Where a part exemption under Rule 16 (Exemptions) or a pro rata calculation under Rule 10 (Pro rata calculations) applies the compulsory fields must be completed as part of the remaining CPD units.

LPLC is primarily focussed on providing risk management seminars, however our seminars can cover any of the four fields set out in Rule 6. CPD obligations. The fields are:

  • ethics and professional responsibility
  • practice management and business skills
  • professional skills
  • substantive law.

To read about the LPLC events available and the fields covered refer to the LPLC training calendar.

Yes – you are required to maintain your own record of your CPD activities and also evidence in support of the CPD activities undertaken as stated in Rule 12. Record keeping – which reads as follows:

12.1 A solicitor must maintain for each CPD year:

12.1.1 a record of his or her engagement in CPD activities; and

12.1.2 evidence in support of the CPD activities undertaken.

12.2 A solicitor must retain the information referred to in Rule 12.1.1 and the evidence in support referred to in Rule 12.1.2 for at least three years after the end of the CPD year to which the CPD record and evidence in support relate.

LPLC does have a record of who registered for an event and issues a tax invoice/receipt upon purchase. Registrants are also sent a confirmation email as well as a reminder email but LPLC cannot confirm whether you attended the whole of the session.

You are required to maintain your own record of your CPD activities and also evidence in support of the CPD activities undertaken as stated in Rule 12. Record keeping – which reads as follows:

12.1 A solicitor must maintain for each CPD year:

12.1.1 a record of his or her engagement in CPD activities; and

12.1.2 evidence in support of the CPD activities undertaken.

12.2 A solicitor must retain the information referred to in rule 12.1.1 and the evidence in support referred to in rule 12.1.2 for at least three years after the end of the CPD year to which the CPD record and evidence in support relate.

No. LPLC does have a record of who registered for an event and issues a tax invoice/receipt upon purchase. Registrants are also sent a confirmation email as well as a reminder email but LPLC cannot confirm whether you attended the whole of the session.

You are required to maintain your own record of your CPD activities and also evidence in support of the CPD activities undertaken as stated in Rule 12. Record keeping which reads as follows:

12.1 A solicitor must maintain for each CPD year:

12.1.1 a record of his or her engagement in CPD activities; and

12.1.2 evidence in support of the CPD activities undertaken.

12.2 A solicitor must retain the information referred to in Rule 12.1.1 and the evidence in support referred to in Rule 12.1.2 for at least three years after the end of the CPD year to which the CPD record and evidence in support relate.

Rule 14. Verification of CPD activities explains the proof you need to comply with the Rules. It reads:

14.1 The designated local regulatory authority may at any time require a solicitor to verify within 21 days whether he or she has complied with these Rules by:

14.1.1 producing to the designated local regulatory authority:

14.1.1.1 any records required to be kept by the solicitor under these Rules; and

14.1.1.2 any other evidence in the solicitor’s possession or control that are relevant to the solicitor’s compliance with these Rules; and

14.1.2 giving the designated local regulatory authority:

14.1.2.1 a statement of the solicitor’s reasons for claiming that any activities undertaken by the solicitor satisfy any requirement for CPD activities under these Rules; and

14.1.2.2 particulars of any exemption granted by the designated local regulatory authority under these Rules.

14.2 A requirement of the designated local regulatory authority under this rule may be given to a solicitor only in relation to the current CPD year or any of the three previous CPD years.

No – to clarify the CPD content, format and units to attain the required 10 CPD units refer to following rules:

  1. CPD content
  2. CPD format
  3. CPD units.

Click here to read the rules in full.

As stated in Rules 8.2 and 9.2.4, watching a pre-recorded seminar can be counted towards CPD units to a maximum of five units in any one CPD year, save for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 year where the Legal Services Board and Commissioner has permitted practitioners to claim the full 10 points.

Click here to read the rules in full.

The Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner has stated in a blog on 17 March 2020 that multimedia and web-based programs do not have a unit cap and are 'distinct from private study of relevant audio/visual material where they take place in real time and/or involve an interactive element'.

No – we have limited the number of attendees at our events to facilitate discussion and ensure participates gain maximum benefit from the information provided.

LPLC currently delivers its training events and seminars via webinars and video meetings. Recordings of some of those are available free of charge.

Videos covering various topics can be found by area of law and filtered by video in the Risk Advice section of this site.

While Rules 8.2 and 9.2.4, states watching a pre-recorded seminar can be counted towards a maximum of 5 CPD units in any one CPD year, the Legal Services Commissioner has permitted practitioners to claim the full 10 points for the 2020/21 year.

You need a minimum of 10 CPD units in each CPD year.