CPD - Continuing Professional Development courses
Introduction to our CPD courses
Members of Design Chambers have very wide experience of giving CPD courses (approved by the SRA and BSB) to solicitors and barristers. The well-received standard courses, usually given by their author Richard Hodgson, are 3, 4 and 6 hours long, giving 3, 4 and 6 CPD points respectively. They are given at the client's offices or any other appropriate venue.
The standard courses are relatively intensive and interactive but traditional (not PowerPoint based!). To that extent, they may not suit all tastes. We believe that they are cost-efficient for many delegates and firms. All courses are kept fully up-to-date. Many of the standard continuing professional development courses were first given to solicitors by Richard through BLS of Manchester (BLS was fully bought out by BPP in 2003)
For up to eight delegates, typical fees for a standard SRA approved course (not per delegate) are in the range of £350 for a three hour course, £465 for a four hour course, and £4675 for a full-day six hour course. VAT, reasonable travel and subsistence expenses have to be added. Travel time is not charged! Fees for courses tailored to a client's specific needs are also keenly priced. Discounts are available if more than six hours are booked for a CPD year. Full notes (almost verbatim if required) are available to each delegate.
Courses can be arranged to be given during weekday evenings or weekends.
These include the intensive whole day (6 hour) introductory courses on:
Copyright and Confidential information
Trade Marks and Passing Off - complete with a mock TM application from beginning to end
Whole day (6 hours) courses on:
Media law -
matters - includes reporting restrictions, contempt, blasphemy, sedition,
criminal libel, qualified privilege,
copyright and privacy. This is not a libel course in itself and is aimed at those intending to advise in media related matters
Copyright - Intermediate - includes criminal provisions
Trade Marks - Intermediate - includes CTM, international applications and criminal provisions
Patents - Intermediate 1 - includes vexed issue of software and business methods, biotech and EP applications
Patents - Intermediate 2 - includes PCT applications, the forthcoming CP, employee inventions, and criminal provisions
Four hour courses on:
Designs - The "new" law - includes works of artistic craftsmanship; Design Right; Registered Designs and the Community Design
Intellectual Property Update - Copyright, confidential information, trade marks, passing off, patents and registered designs
Half day (3 hours) courses on:
The Data Protection Act - An Intensive Introduction
Data Protection Act: The Employment Practices Code - includes employee monitoring
The Freedom of Information Act - An Intensive Introduction
Freedom of Information Act: Making and responding to requests for information (from September 2004)
The Media and the Regulators - roles and Codes of Ofcom (replacing the BSC, ITC & RA), the PCC and the ASA (June 2004)
Premium Rate Telecommunications Services - including an analysis of the latest PhonePayPlus Code of Practice (from May 2004)
Website law - Some practical areas
Cookies and Spam: Potential problems and possible solutions (from June 2004)
Maximising the legal protection of confidential IP assets - including inventions before applying for patent protection
Crown Copyright; Crown Use and Compensation; and National Emblems
The Distance Selling and Electronic Commerce Regulations and websites: Overlooked? - includes the penalties for overlooking ...
Intellectual Property Practice: Tips and Pitfalls
Intellectual Property Practice: Pleadings and witness statements - includes sources for IP pleadings (from June 2004)
Rapid IP Researching: The conventional and unconventional - with especial emphasis on free and reliable web-sites (from June 2004). This course is aimed at those practitioners who are asked to give a rapid initial view on the registrability, validity, etc of various IP rights (including passing off and domain names)
Individually prepared courses
Members of Chambers are always willing to consider the preparation of special CPD courses prepared specific clients' requirements. Such courses can also be given at the client's offices or any other suitable venue. These "bespoke" courses, usually though not invariably given in a relatively traditional manner, cover much ground in the hope of offering good value for the fee involved. Again, very full notes (almost verbatim) and support materials can be arranged for each delegate.
Please do contact us with any specific requirement. If we feel that a course would not be within our areas of expertise, we will not hesitate to say so. Whilst the standard course fee structure will not apply, we still aim to offer a competitive rate, and especially so if part or parts of an existing course (or courses) can be used as the foundation of the course.