Training & SupportLAPG Admin2023-06-22T15:34:07+01:00
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TAKE A LOOK AT OUR COURSES
Here, you will find an overview of our current courses. If you would like to know more about each course, please go to their individual tabs under the Training and Resources page in the Menu Bar or click the Read More button below.
Introduction to Civil Legal Aid Online Course
We have developed the first module in a series which provides a general introduction to the civil legal aid scheme aimed at trainees, paralegals, junior lawyers and those that wish to refresh their knowledge having worked in the sector for some time.
It is an online self-study modular course online that you complete at your own pace, with external links for up-to-date Legal Aid Agency information.
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).
The 2023 programme will run from 10 January – 13 July 2023 and takes around 3 days a month to complete. The MLP will be delivered through a mix of structured Zoom group sessions and online modules you can complete when it suits you.
This is the most comprehensive management and leadership training programme for the non-profit specialist advice sector, developed by Matthew Howgate and Vicky Ling following extensive research with practitioners.
LAPG’s six-module Management Skills for Private Practice Course. The modules are designed around the Law Society LEXCEL standard, the Specialist Quality Mark and the SRA competence framework.
The programme covers key areas including finance and resource management, business planning and risk management, people management, policies and compliance, and marketing and communications. For legal aid practitioners, it also covers managing a legal aid contract and working with the Legal Aid Agency.
Staying afloat and making money from legal aid has never been harder. This session focusses in on understanding resource and income and on budgeting, forecasting and variance analysis. It aims to give participants the tools necessary for effective financial planning and analysis.
Planning is at the heart of a successful practice. We discuss approaches to strategic and operational planning, including undertaking a SWOT and PESTLE analysis and setting meaningful organisational and operational objectives. We also look at business continuity and general risk management. With this in mind we discuss GDPR and data security risk.
People are the most important element of any law firm. Those people can also take up most of a manager’s time. This session tracks staffing issues from recruitment through probation, supervision, training, and appraisal. It also discusses behaviour, bullying, feedback, and performance management. This is an essential session for anyone managing staff.
All legal aid firms must hold either the Legal Aid Agency’s Specialist Quality Mark or the Law Society’s Lexcel standard. They also need policies and procedures to ensure compliance with SRA, OISC, Legal Aid and other regulatory requirements. This risk focussed session covers how to approach effective policies, procedures safeguards and controls. In addition, our guest tutor, Phanuel Mutumburi, leads a session on diversity, equity and inclusion and their importance in an effective workplace.
Our guest tutor Themer Silmane, Marketing Manager at Ridley and Hall solicitors, discusses different approaches to effective communication, and how fee-earners can contribute to their firm’s marketing strategy. The session covers different approaches to effective communication and is focussed on the needs of legal aid law firms.
For this session we are joined by two experienced contract managers from the Legal Aid Agency who will help participants better understand how to manage their legal aid contracts and avoid audit issues and contract notices. After that, Matt Howgate and Vicky Ling share their expertise and experiences of effectively managing legal aid contracts.
Wellbeing and Peer Support services for Legal Aid Practitioners
With support from Linklaters LLP we are launching a pilot scheme offering practitioners access to two free support services. The pilot will run for the next six months in collaboration with Claiming Space and Metzer Therapy.