2017 Standard Criminal Contract

A useful overview of the 2017 Standard Criminal Contract

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Course Overview

Offering an easily digestible approach to the 2017 standard crime contract, this course is essential viewing for those new to criminal law. It is also a useful reminder or refresher for more experienced criminal law practitioners who specialise in legal aid work. 

Delivered by barrister and Datalaw regular Colin Beaumont, this course will alert viewers to the Contract documents and will seek to explain important Sections of the ‘Specification’

Essential for all criminal practitioners involved in the billing of criminal legal aid, this course considers some of the issues relating to maintaining one’s status as a Duty Solicitor and will cover the updated ‘Duty Solicitor Guidance 2018’.

In addition, Colin will consider the 14 hours ‘issue’, deal with Court-Appointments and examine Statutory Instrument 2016 No. 313.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Have a more practical understanding of the important documents, including the ‘Specification’
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which you might need to consult the ‘Contract Terms’ document re important definitions
  • • Know how the Contract works
  • • Have considered the position re private work
  • • Appreciate the differences between the various Sections within the ‘Specification’
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances where consultation of the Contract is highly recommended

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal practitioners


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    7 Page


  • Quiz