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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; or


consider and undertake the learning and development you deem necessary to ensure your ongoing competence and that you are in a position to provide a proper standard of service to your clients.


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.


The SRA Competence Statement for solicitors sets out what we mean by "ongoing competence" in regulation 3.1(b).