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500 CPD Seminars


We are currently producing our October CPD video training package, topics and speakers will be announced shortly.

Our 2023 video training package already contains the topics and speakers below.

Imaginative, holistic, inclusive, pioneering, unique, diverse, simple, creative, fresh, modern.

Our twelve-month personal and full firm packages guarantee up to the minute updates in all the subjects we cover namely criminal defence, youth justice, police station, protest, fraud, immigration, family, housing, sport law, employment law.

With over forty of the very best law firms, chambers and organisations on board the Law Friends project there are now 153 Criminal Defence training videos, 97 Immigration Law training videos and 94 Civil Litigation update training videos in our collection of almost 500 training seminars all presented by speakers who are practising Solicitors and Barristers, experts and Judges of the highest reputation click here to view our collections.

This Spring package 2023 covers all the new case law and developments you need relevant to your practise as listed in the grid below. Have a look at the subject developments and the speaker specification for a glimpse of the Law Friends package this Spring, and don’t forget your subscription includes about 30 video updates yet to come in October as well

We give the highest standards at the lowest prices and when you join you have unlimited access to all seminars from all subjects in all categories for twelve months going back over the past five years.

We are delighted to include two Unity in the Profession videos in this round.

“A message from the president” Lubna Shuja President of the Law Society.

“The Kindness Initiative” Valerie Charbit and Professor Robin Banerjee.

Our sincere thanks to our participants from the following groups for this training session.

Red Lion Chambers, University of Sussex, Great James Street, One Pump Court, 4-5 Grays Inn, Community Law Partnership, 36 Group, Keith Borer Associates, 33 Bedford Row, The Law Society

More detail is given below


Training Seminar
A Message from the President

Lubna discusses the Law Society judicial review to safeguard the profession. Diversity, ethics and the President’s Virtual Surgery. See homepage.

Lubna Shuja
“Lubna is the 178th person, first Asian, first Muslim and seventh female president of the Law Society of England and Wales.”
The Kindness Initiative

A new project promoting good practice in Law firms, Chambers and Organisations to increase wellbeing and harmony in the workplace as a positive initiative to combat toxicity. We made a video to explain the initiative and invite your observations and ideas. Go to our homepage.

Valerie Charbit
Red Lion Chambers
“Valerie’s diverse practice spans serious criminal cases involving Murder & Manslaughter, Fraud, Health & Safety and Sexual Offences.”

Professor Robin Banerjee
University of Sussex
“Professor Robin Banerjee is Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. He recently partnered with the BBC to carry out the world’s largest ever public science project investigating the topic of kindness.”


Training Seminar
The new public order bill

• Social/political context; legal background BLM;
• Sarah Everard, lockdown & climate protests
• New offences; Stop & Search powers; SDPOs; implications; criticism
• Articles 10 and 11 ECHR; Article 8 and Article 14 ECHR

Maria Liddiard
“In her crime seat Maria has assisted with a wide range of defence cases in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts, as well as the Court of Appeal. A number of these have involved defences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.”

Criminal law sentencing update and the new suspended sentence rules

• When can a sentence be suspended, including new Sentencing Council guidance
• When a sentence should not be suspended
• Focus on factors including youth and prison population

Vishal Misra
“Vishal is a confident and meticulous advocate whose skill in the courtroom showcases his intellect and passion for the work he undertakes.”
Exaggerations and limitations of cell site analysis

• What is a cell?
• Networks and technology
• Call data records and considerations
• Mobile data and device data records
• Limitations and misinterpretations

Dr. David Schudel
“Dr David Schudel has been employed as a forensic scientist since 1991 specialising in forensic chemistry (including drug analysis), fire investigation and cell site analysis.”
Challenging expert evidence

• Expert evidence; admissibility; assistance
• Relevant expertise; independence and impartiality; evidentiary reliability
• Disclosure; weight and sufficiency

Antony Bartholomeusz
“Antony’s practice focuses mainly on criminal and public law. He frequently appears in the Crown Court and in magistrates’ and youth courts. As well as acting as junior alone, Antony is led in complex trials and appeals.”

Inquests update

• Function of an inquest: The four statutory questions
• The enhanced investigative duty (Article 2 ECHR)
• Deaths occurring in prison
• Self-inflicted deaths following contact with MH services
• Preventing future deaths

Angelina Nicolau
“Angelina has been ranked by Legal 500 as a Tier 1 ‘Rising Star’ in the category of inquests and inquiries.”


Training Seminar
Illegal Migration Bill

• Ouster clauses which try to exclude the supervisory jurisdiction of the High Court
• Nationality and Borders Act 2022 timetables for evidence
• Access to justice

Raphael Jesurum
“Raphael practises in asylum, immigration and nationality law. He appears regularly in the Upper Tribunal, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal.”

Deprivation of British citizenship by fraud / deception

• Power to deprive a person of British citizenship
• Typical cases
• Proceedings
• First Tier Tribunal appeals
• Consequences of deprivation

Amanda Jones
“Amanda is a specialist in immigration and public law. She has advised and appeared in numerous immigration matters in the Court of Appeal, and in the Administrative Court on appeals, judicial review and injunctions. “
Deportation of EEA Nationals regulation 27 and 27 A

• Post-Brexit
• Who is considered under the EEA Regulations 2016?
• Procedure
• Preparing representations and conducting appeals

Amanda Jones
“Amanda is instructed in asylum cases, particularly in relation to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.”
Seeking discretionary leave for victims of modern slavery post 30 January 2023

• The Nationality and Borders Act 2022
• Immigration Rules –temporary permission to stay for victims of human trafficking or slavery
• Policy guidance – temporary permission to stay considerations for victims of human trafficking or slavery version 2.0
• Discretionary leave version 10.0

Priya Solanki
“Priya is an experienced practitioner in all areas of immigration, asylum and nationality law. She is ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading junior. Her busy practice encompasses highly complex appeals and judicial review matters.”


Training Seminar
Homelessness update Elkundi and beyond

• Section 193(2) Housing Act
• The Elkundi decision​
• Issues, outcome and application
• Implications

Maria Liddiard
“In her Housing seat, Maria is currently observing and working a variety of areas including the prosecution of landlords under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, homelessness and allocations, possession claims and cases involving anti-social behaviour. ”

Gypsy and Traveller law update

• Criminalisation of trespass
• How the law has been used
• Courts and evaluation of evidence; The approach of local authorities
• Other powers of eviction
• Existing enforcement measures

Chris Johnson,
Community Law Partnership
“Chris has acted in some of the leading cases involving Gypsies and Travellers including three cases in the House of Lords and one in the Supreme Court.”

Rhiannon Craft
“PhD Sociology at Cardiff University and co-founder of Bristol Vehicles for Change. She has a strong interest in legal frameworks which affect people living in vehicles.”


Training Seminar
The threshold in care proceedings

• Practical look at the basics of the threshold in care proceedings
• Implications of the interim threshold and how to address the final threshold in fact-finding hearings
• Review of recent and settled case law
• Children Act 1989

Sarah Jane Ewart
“SJ has notable experience with non-molestation orders and private children’s cases, and is accepting instructions. During her family seat, she witnessed and assisted with a broad range of public and private cases, including shaken baby cases and cases with international elements.”

James Presland
“Jamie is an experienced member both of One Pump Court’s Family Group, and of our Housing and Community Care Team.”

Sports Law

Training Seminar
Introduction to sports law

• What is sports law?
• Foundations of sports law
• Sports governance
• Sports disciplinary process
• Sport and ethics
• Current and future trends in sports law

Michael Harwood
“Michael specialises predominantly in public, regulatory and sports law, public inquiries, and inquests. Prior to joining Chambers, Michael worked as a lawyer at the Government Legal Department, where he undertook a variety of roles as both a litigator and advisory lawyer.”

Charity and community sports law

• Definition of a CASC
• Definition of a charity
• Registering your CASC 
• Corporation Tax Act 2010
• Charities Act 2011

Vishal Misra
“Vishal is a confident and meticulous advocate whose skill in the courtroom showcases his intellect and passion for the work he undertakes.”


Training Seminar
Employment law strike action and strike breaking – know your enemy

• Strike action or other action?
• What is taking part?
• Unofficial, official, protected
• What can an employer do?

Alex Adamou
“Alex has developed a thriving Civil, Commercial, Employment and Regulatory Practice and regularly represents clients in various aspects of civil and commercial litigation including complex, multi-day cases.”
Extending time limits in employment tribunals – tips and tricks

• General guidance
• When can time limits be extended?
• Unfair dismissal in focus
• What is or isn’t reasonably practicable
• Discrimination claims
• How does ACAS change things?
• How is the extension calculated

Alex Adamou
“In addition to his civil work Alex appears in various Magistrate’s Courts. Alex increasingly appears in the Crown Court and has experience in dealing with all aspects of criminal law including the Youth Court.



500 CPD Seminars




500 CPD Seminars


With one payment of £250, your fully compliant continuing competence CPD needs for all your staff are professionally served with our full firm package.

It provides approximately 75 video seminars per year including our popular two-minute monthly video updates that give a snapshot of what you need to know before consulting the full library.

With the very best speakers and specialist solicitors, barristers and experts presenting professionally produced, any-device, 30-minute courses, all training for each member of staff is recorded on a personal, immediately downloadable training record for the compliance officers’ files.

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  • Approximately 60, 30-minute CPD courses every year released in Spring and Autumn
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500 CPD Seminars




500 CPD Seminars