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Part-time employment

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Regulation 7: Part-time employment


Notwithstanding regulations 7.2 and 7.3 and regulation 16, if you work part-time in legal practice or employment, your CPD requirements are reduced such that you must complete one hour of CPD each year for every two hours worked per week.


If you work part-time in a newly admitted or newly registered period, regulations 5 and 6 apply to the period worked between your admission or registration and the start of the next full CPD year.


If you work an average of fewer than two hours per week, you are permitted to suspend the CPD requirements.


Details of part-time working hours, with starting and finishing dates, should be entered in your CPD training record.

Guidance note:


For example, a solicitor working 10 hours per week must complete five hours of CPD each year.


It may be necessary for you to keep a record of hours worked to enable you to calculate the average number of hours worked per week over the course of a year.


If you work a variable number of hours each week you should calculate the average number of hours worked per week during the CPD year, and then halve this amount to calculate your CPD requirement for the year.


For example, a solicitor who works an average of seven hours per week has an annual CPD requirement of three and a half hours.


Part hours worked should be rounded to the nearest whole hour.