Criminal Law CPD

The Criminal Defence wing of the Law Friends Society providing high-calibre conferences, training and parties for social welfare lawyers at all career levels

The Criminal Law Friends Society is a social networking organisation and professional training provider of CPD lectures and conferences for solicitors, barristers and their support teams who work specifically in the criminal defence, civil liberties and human rights subject areas of law.

Professional Training



We strongly believe that the modern social welfare lawyer must have at their fingertips a multi disciplinary skill set which bridges the real problems faced by vulnerable clients under a previously unseen and worsening political and legal landscape.

All conscientious social welfare lawyers in this present culture now more than ever need a multiply versed fluency in crime, housing, immigration and human rights law, so oppressive has the state agency become in brutally overpowering those in the most dire need.

Our organisation seeks to make that empowerment of our best lawyers an easy process by training and socialising together across the boundaries which need separate us no further.

Freshly rolled out for the newly implemented Continuing Competence scheme our high calibre conferences and imaginative seminars are designed to train delegates to the very highest standards with an imaginative selection of essential cross boundary legal updates keeping the industry up to date, and, on point .

Our Criminal Defence practitioner training conferences in London and Manchester are presented by the very best Solicitors,Barristers,experts and QCs in the country .Our delegates regularly give 100% feedback scores reflecting the popularity of our events.

We provide the very best barristers on the London and Manchester circuits to deliver a polished range of lectures which include practical procedures, strategies, tactics,advocacy and case management tips including the sharpest academic focus on up to the minute case law updates. We provide comprehensive course notes with accomplished and vastly experienced speaker profiles. We provide leading Counsel and QCs who offer an engaging range of specific lectures covering the complete spectrum of Criminal Defence topics. We regularly invite specialist solicitors and experts to speak aswell.

Social Network

This organisation is run by friends and colleagues working at all levels of their careers and offers a 360-degree holistic approach to the future of our professions adopted by our non hierarchical team as an ethical core.
The originating ethos of our organisation is that our development of these events both academic and social is borne out in our friendships created during our arduous commitment to our work.
The Law Friends Society started at the back of the Blind Beggar Pub,Whitechapel and now covers London,Manchester and the UK. We provide excellent parties in unique locations for our members and a recent networking party saw 450 solicitors and barristers from 125 firms and chambers enjoy the party of the summer aboard HMS President. We support numerous charities along the way aswell (see archive and charity pages)

We are called the Law Friends Society and we would like you to be a part of our national network and share in our commitment to providing an ethical social and training platform for those who defend and provide advocacy in social welfare law.

Thankyou for supporting us

Unlimited Access CPD £100

plus VAT and booking fee – includes free conference ticket

Video Training

Our unlimited access CPD video training package costs £100 and this price includes a free ticket to one of our high calibre training conferences too! Choose from conference, online video seminar or both.

Video Library

You can listen to or watch our seminars on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC when and where you choose. The package comes with full legal updates and a ticket to our annual party. Most videos are 30 minutes long and there are no assessments.

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