LAPG will run the LAPG Certificate in Practice Management (LAPG CPM) twice in 2016. Successfully piloted in 2015, the Certificate in Practice Management combines face to face training with online learning and materials to provide an accessible and affordable management training programme for busy lawyers and practice managers.

‘I would recommend the CPM to other people, especially people who are relatively new to management.’ (Newly qualified solicitor)

‘I really enjoyed it, I thought it was great.’ (Manager with over 10 years’ experience)

Almost 90% of employers said they noticed that their colleague had increased confidence after the course and 100% said their management skills had improved.

Practical tools you can use from day 1!

It is designed around the Law Society LEXCEL standard (Version 6), the Specialist Quality Mark and the SRA competence framework.

The programme covers key areas including strategy, business planning and marketing, financial management, management information and dashboards, people and performance management, information management, compliance and risk management. For legal aid practitioners, it also covers managing a legal aid contract and working with the Legal Aid Agency.

‘We’ve got a website but we’re not maximizing it. The session gave us tools we will use. Will really help. I thought the session was a bit different – interesting.’

‘ We’re introducing dashboards at partnership and team level; time targets, costs and average fees.’

‘I can now critique and analyse our accounts.’

‘We have changed the way supervision is structured.’

The course trainers include: Matthew Howgate, Vicky Ling, Carol Storer, Andrew Otterburn, David Gilmore and Matthew Moore,
The CPM provides 60 hours of specialist training including both active face to face sessions and online. Full course cost, including accommodation, training materials, online modules, textbooks, grab-and-go guides, evening meals, buffet lunches and refreshments is £1,950 plus VAT.  We can also offer flexible payment arrangements.

NEW FOR 2016!  We have secured funding from the Future Advice Fund to introduce additional content designed specifically for not-for-profit legal advice participants.  This is additional content for NfP practitioners only (for no extra fee) and includes:

  • innovation and new ways of working
  • generating income and reducing expenditure
  • building new partnerships and strengthening existing ties
  • strategic planning for advice agencies
  • operating structures (charities, CIC’s, companies limited by guarantee etc.)
  • good governance and getting the most out of a Board of Trustees
  • performance management in an NfP context
  • generating a surplus and understanding good financial management
  • raising profile through online presence, social media and other marketing techniques
  • creating a new project or proposal
  • strategic fundraising

Reading materials will be available from early April and the sessions held in Birmingham are scheduled as follows:

The first course of 2016 will be held over three sessions in Birmingham as follows:

Session 1: the evening of 12th May and all day 13th May

Session 2: the evening 9th June and all day 10th June

Session 3: the evening 8th September and all day 9th September


Subject to demand we will also repeat this course between September and November 2016.

If you’re interesting in the course but won’t be available until the latter half of the year then please contact us to discuss participation in the second round of training.

Further details and venue TBC as soon as possible.


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