Look out for our 2021 Training Programme soon.

Practice Management, Introduction to Legal Aid for junior lawyers, Supervision and more.

LAPG Certificate in Practice Management

CPM Delegates (L-R) Ola Alalade, Dr Laura Janes, Jenny Beck, Craig Keenan and Holly Sherratt receive their certificates from Lord Bach at the 2017 LAPG Conference
Photo: Robert Aberman

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.

We have redesigned this course to cater for online delivery.

Download the Brochure for more information about the course: LAPG CPM

‘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.

The course trainers include: Matthew Howgate, Vicky Ling and Jo Edwards.

The CPM provides 40 hours of online specialist training sessions and assessments.

The full five day course fee is £499 for LAPG members and £649 for non-members, which covers online course work, training materials and text books (including the LAG Legal Aid Handbook).  You can attend one day (£149 for LAPG members and £199 for non-members) and half a day £89 for LAPG members and £99 for non-members).

Attend the whole course to receive the Certificate or each individual session as a discrete training course.  Attending individual sessions also earns you credits towards the full Certificate if you need the flexibility to complete the Certificate over a longer period of time.

We have set the dates and are taking bookings for our 2021 course:

To book all five days please contact lucinda.acland@lapg.co.uk.

Session 1: Financial Management – 26 May 2021  Click here to book this session.

Session 2: Business Planning and Risk Management – 23 June 2021 Click here to book this session.

Session 3: Marketing and Communications (a.m.) & Legal Aid Contracting (p.m.) – 21  July 2021 Click here to book this session

Session 4: Equality and Diversity & Leadership – 10 September 2021 Click here to book this session

Session 5: Managing People – 8 October 2021 Click here to book this session

If you would like to discuss the course or book your place please email lucinda.acland@lapg.co.uk.

Practical tools you can use from day 1! The course 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.

Comments from delegates on previous courses:

‘Your training and support of our practice manager seems to have revolutionised our legal aid work and significantly increased our billing last year.’

‘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.’

Legal Aid Supervision Course

Make sure you comply with the 2018 Civil Contract and 2017 Crime ContractSupervision Course flyer 2021

If you need to attend a course to qualify as a legal aid supervisor, or check that you are up to date with the latest requirements, this is the course for you! Legal aid supervisors need knowledge of their subject and practice experience, which we can’t do for you; but if you are new to supervision, or haven’t supervised a full-time equivalent caseworker in the past 5 years, this course will ensure you meet the LAA’s Generic Supervisor Requirements (Section 2(ii) of the Supervisor Self-Declaration Forms).

Download the flyer for the full course content.

Dates and prices:

Following the success of our recent online supervision courses in 2020 and in January 2021, we have now scheduled our next virtual courses for:

  • Wednesday, 2 & 9 July 2021 in London BOOK HERE

Rather than force you to sit in front of your PC/Laptop/device for a full day we have split the content over two days, with sessions from 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00 on each of the two training days to give you a chance to catch up on your work (or not).

Contact us if you have any questions about our courses or would like to add your name to the waiting list.

£210 for LAPG members; £250 for non-members

If you can’t pay online, contact LAPG Head of Learning & Development, Lucinda Acland, on lucinda.acland@lapg.co.uk to book your place.

Many thanks to Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Irwin Mitchell, NE Law Centre and Slater and Gordon for hosting our recent face-to-face courses.

Legal Aid Self-Supervisor Course – NEW!

This new course has been designed to help self-supervisors deal with their unique situation.

Most supervisor courses are designed for people supervising a team of people. We know there are lots of supervisors who are the only person working in their category of law and are therefore ‘self-supervising’. The LAA contract and quality standards are the same but the issues are different if you are working on your own.

We cover:
  • Supervision requirements in the Contract, SQM, Lexcel and the Code of Conduct as they apply to self-supervisors
  • Completing legal aid forms
  • Resource and time management when you are the only one doing the work
  • File review for self-supervisors
  • Looking after yourself with LawCare
Whether you are a new supervisor needing to attend a course to meet the LAA’s requirements or an experienced supervisor needing to attend a course simply because you don’t supervise anyone, this course will be relevant to you.
Your tutors: 
The course tutors are Matthew Howgate and Vicky Ling, experienced sector trainers and consultants, who are lead tutors on the LAPG Certificate of Practice Management.
We will be joined by a Law Care counsellor for the third session on day 2 of the course.
Dates and prices:

This course is being delivered online, with the content split over three sessions. They are scheduled for:

Sessions will run from 10.00-14.00 and 14.00-16.00 on the 9th and 14.00-16.00 on the 16th.

£179 for LAPG members; £225 for non-members

Note: discounts are in place for multiple bookings from the same organisation and for Justice First Fellows. Contact us for more information.

Contact us if you have any questions about our courses or would like to add your name to the waiting list.

If you can’t pay online, contact LAPG Head of Learning & Development, Lucinda Acland, on lucinda.acland@lapg.co.uk to book your place.

Plans to deliver regional events are under development and LAPG is always happy to develop courses for members and to run courses in-house.

Please contact us to discuss courses and prices office@lapg.co.uk