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Basic requirement

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Part 2: Basic requirement

Regulation 3: Basic CPD requirement


You must undertake 16 hours of CPD during each complete CPD year in legal practice or employment in England and Wales.


If you work part-time the requirements are reduced, in accordance with regulation 7.

Guidance note:


Any hours accrued over and above the 16 hours per year minimum cannot be carried over to the next CPD year.


Separate legislation may detail further CPD requirements. For example, the SRA Higher Rights of Audience Regulations require five hours of the annual CPD requirement to be undertaken relating to the provision of advocacy services in the higher courts in each of the first five CPD years following the grant of the higher rights qualification.