Development after pupillage

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

To ensure that the profession continues to offer legal services of the very highest quality, all practising barristers are required to undertake 'continuing professional development' (CPD) every year.

Requirements: 

  • 'New Practitioners Programme' (NPP) - Barristers in their first three years of practice are required to complete 45 hours of CPD. The Bar Standards Board provides details on the rules for the NPP programme. 

  • 'Established Practitioners Programme' (EPP) - having completed their first three years of practice, barristers are required to prepare a written plan, record what training they have done and declare annually to the BSB that their CPD has been completed. The Bar Standards Board provides details on the rules for the EPP programme.

The Bar Council delivers cost-effective, high quality training directly to the Bar. Our team of professional trainers stays up to date with the latest policy developments and regularly feeds back delegates' comments to the Bar Council.

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If you have any questions regarding our training courses please contact the team at TrainingandEvents@BarCouncil.org.uk