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By Michael Sheridan

 

Trainees Continuing Professional Development  (TCPD)

This message is for the attention of trainee solicitors who require to take the TCPD programme and an application form is attached for the joint Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow (RFPG)/ Scottish Law Agents Society (SLAS) TCPD programme which will run fromJanuary to June 2020 with additional – non mandatory-  involvement available through until the end of 2020.

First of all find attached an application form which you may download, complete and send to the Scottish Law Agents Society 166 Buchanan Street Glasgow G1 2 LW or DX 266 Glasgow along with a remittance for £100 in payment of the deposit against the total course fee of £900.

Then see attached also an application form for one year’s free membership of SLAS which you should also download, complete and return along with the TCPD application. You will be free to terminate your membership of SLAS after the first year without any payment required.

Next, see the text of an article which describes the TCPD experience including the proposed timetable on which you are invited to comment, particularly with regard to the proposed Saturday morning meetings and the use of podcasts.

Finally, copy and paste this link –

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3zycn3fbqfi1i09/TCPD%20Podcast.MPG?dl=0

  to find a free trial podcast which you are invited to undertake whether or not you apply to the joint TCPD programme.   Indeed, even if you are a qualified solicitor you might wish to undertake this podcast module and obtain one hour of free CPD. Of course, we can only confirm TCPD or CPD undertaking if there is suitable verification of attendance in place.  The conditions of certification therefore are that you watch the podcast in one sitting and send emails at the appropriate prompts so that these will arrive during the presentation of the podcast and also that you complete and submit within 48 hours of attending the podcast a response to the question set at the end of the podcast.

For any further information please send your inquiry to secretary@slas.co.uk     

 

        SLAS Membership Application Form  (REFERRED TO ABOVE)

     I apply for membership of the Scottish Law Agents Society.

Signature             ……………………………………………………………...….

Full Name           …………………………………………………………….…

Firm Name          ………………………………………………………………

Firm Address      ……………………………………………………………

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DX No.        …………………………………Date……………………………

e-mail address     ………………………………………………………………

Date qualified/Commenced Traineeship     ……………………………………………………………

Telephone           …………………………………………………………….

 

Category          Cost

Solicitor/General                  £80.00

Trainee/Retired /Qualified within last 3 years                   £40.00

Gazette Only (UK)                £50.00

Gazette Only (Overseas)                 £60.00

TCPD 2020                                  £ nil

 

                                               Post or fax to:

Secretary, Scottish Law Agents Society, 166 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 2LW

Phone : 0141 332 3536         Fax : 0141 353 3819      Email: secretary@slas.co.uk

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TCPD APPLICATION FORM (REFERRED TO ABOVE)

I wish to apply for enrolment in the Trainees Continuing Professional Development (TCPD) Course provided by the Scottish Law Agents Society and the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow subject to conditions including the following:

 

1 I understand that my application will only be considered when my remittance for the deposit of £100 made payable to Sheridan's/SLAs/TCPD has been received by Scottish Law Agents Society, 166 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2LW DEX GW 266 (please note that you may transmit this remittance by credit card by telephone direct to Scottish Law Agents Society on 0141 332 3536). Detailed course conditions will then be issued to you for acceptance and confirmation of your place.

 

2 upon receipt of my application I will be contacted by the course convenor to discuss the most suitable date to commence the TCPD.

 

3 if I wish to cancel my application after making payment of the said deposit of £100 I shall receive a refund of £50 if such cancellation is intimated more than one month before the commencement of the course and I shall receive no refund of deposit if the cancellation is later than one month before the commencement of the course.

 

4. The total course fee of £900 shall be paid, in the same manner as a deposit, at least one week before the commencement of the course and shall otherwise be subject to an administrative surcharge of 10%

 

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Date of Commencement of Traineeship...................................

 

Contact Telephone Number......................................................

 

Email Address.........................................................................

 

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TCPD Article/Time Table Referred to Above

Scottish Law Agents Society   and   Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow – Joint Programme

Trainees Continuing Professional Development (TCPD) has been prescribed by the Law Society as a requirement for the professional qualification of trainee solicitors.  A team from the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow (RFPG) and the Scottish Law Agents Society (SLAS)   has drawn up a programme which meets all of the requirements of the Law Society aimed at supporting but with the minimum of disturbance to the main training vehicle, the traineeship itself, while providing through a team of experienced solicitors an excellent training in each of the main areas of legal practice. As far as possible this programme will be part of your traineeship rather than be additional to it and will incorporate topics requisitioned by your training firm.

In particular, the trainees taking the course will complete the Law Society requirements for  training in:-

•              Professional Ethics and Standards

•              Professionalism

•              Professional communication

•              Business, financial, commercial and practice awareness

•              Substantive and relevant legal knowledge

The course will take the form of a series lectures, discussions, webinars, transactions, draftings, adjustments pleadings, trials, debates etc., to be convened from January 2019 to June 2019 with a helpline facility running on to January 2020 at a total cost of £900 (No VAT) per participant, including all materials and some hospitality.   Our programme proposes that all trainees taking the course shall

1 .Under the guidance of an experienced solicitor, study the construction and content of a typical solicitor’s client file.

2 .Make representations in the Sheriff Court in a contested matter.

3. Analyse a model set of domestic residential missives and deal with a specific drafting difficulty.

4. Analyse the pleadings contained in a genuine Closed Record and engage in legal argument thereon (No, we won’t, yes we will)

5. Analyse the terms of a standard private client’s Will and adjust a variation further to a specific instruction.

6. Draw a petition for the appointment for an executor dative in specific circumstances and ascertain and complete the forms necessary for the confirmation of an executor in an inheritance tax liable estate.

7. Analyse a common form of offer for the purchase of commercial premises, including the business operated therein and distinguish this from a share transfer proposal.

8 .Listen to a senior expert practitioner describe the criminal process at Sheriff Court level.

9. Meet senior officials from the Scottish Legal Aid Board and discuss the legal aid process and use of I.T. in that process.

10. Meet a senior official from the Law Society of Scotland and discuss the complaints issue with particular reference to the new Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

11. Meet an experienced practitioner for an analysis of the fee charging process and the dangers and difficulties that can arise.

12 .Engage in negotiation for the settlement of an action raised in the context of nuisance, based on a genuine closed record.

13. Meet a technical legal issue in an interview context with expert guidance to hand with participation in approx. 12 scenarios.

14 .Rehearse a scripted summary trial and respond, individually, without script, to particular issues arising.

15. Engage in discussion of client care with an experienced solicitor using relevant and up to date materials.

16 .Review the use IT facilities which are available to the legal profession as outlined by an experienced solicitor / IT practitioner.

17.  Examine critically, along with an experienced solicitor, various examples of written documents required in day to day legal practice.

18. Review, in discussion with an experienced practitioner, the importance of diary, personal organisation, time and risk management issues.

19. .Engage in a series of meetings with an acknowledged expert in professional ethics to review ethical issues in the practice of law and make presentations in relation to specific case studies.

20. .Analyse a common form of commercial lease and draw an amendment thereto in terms of a given correspondence.

21. .Listen to a distinguished, senior solemn trial expert describe the preparation process in detail.

22. .Meet a Chartered Accountant and to review examples of company account, executry accounts and consider financial aspects of legal practice.

23. .Take away a DVD recording of his / her own performance in specific parts of the course.

Book your place or intimate an expression of interest by email to secretary@slas.co.uk quoting reference TCPD-Jan-19 and stating your name and the name/address of your firm and your traineeship commencement date.

 

Draft Time Table

Friday, 24/01/2020         

Registration and Introduction for preparation of course 10am – 11am

Personal Organisation and Time Management   11am – 1pm

Ethics  2pm – 6pm

                                               

Saturday, 25/01/2020    

Executry Practice 9am – 12pm   

                                                               

By Pod-cast (dates to be adjusted)          Legal Writing  2 hours   

Negotiation - 3 hours

 

By Pod-cast (dates to be adjusted)                          Conveyancing  2  hours

                                                               

Friday, 28/02/2020         

Civil Litigation  10am – 1pm       

Civil Litigation  2pm – 5pm         

                                               

Saturday, 01/03/2020    

Client Care workshop 9am – 10:30am    

Criminal Litigation  10:30am – 12:30pm 

                                               

By Pod-cast (dates to be adjusted)            IT and the legal office  2 h 30 m

                                                                 Governance of legal profession 2 hours

                                                                 Commercial Leases  2 hours                                       

Thursday,23/04/2020    

Legal Aid provision  10am – 12 noon      

Professional Conduct  12 noon – 1pm    

Sheriff Court presentation  2pm – 6pm 

                               

Friday,24/04/2020          

Criminal Litigation 9am – 11am

Financial and Commercial Awareness  11am – 1pm        

Financial and Commercial Awareness (2)  2pm – 3pm    

Interview scenarios  3pm – 5:30pm                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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