CPD: How best to choose your points
- Details of the mandatory requirements for pupils and new practitioners are online. See https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/for-barristers/continuing-professional-development-from-1-january-2017/. Please note that the rules have changes as of 1st January 2017 and are detailed in rQ130-138 of the BSB Handbook.
- Make sure you do a required course from your Inn or, for those over three years’ call, the Keble advocacy course.
- CPD is intended to help you develop. You may not get much benefit from doing quizzes or streaming video online, even if these are the options available at the last minute.
- Specialist Bar Associations often run excellent CPD events, some of them aimed specifically at the young Bar at little or no cost.
- It is perfectly possible to get CPD for free by attending lectures, seminars and other events or by writing articles or giving talks. These can present good opportunities to market yourself too.
- Try to make CPD work for you; talks can be a networking opportunity if not just focussed at the Bar.
The YBC runs two seminars a year, as well as an annual conference which is an opportunity to get points, network and engage in issues relevant to the young Bar. At around £60-70 for upwards of 4 hours CPD the Young Bar Conference offers excellent value. For details of current YBC activities see: